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Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt has hit back at Ellen Page after the actress called him out for attending an alleged "infamous anti-LGBTQ" church.

The Juno star criticised Pratt on February 8 after his appearance on The Stephen Colbert Show, questioning why he didn't address Hillsong's 'infamous' views.

She later elaborated on her frustration, writing on Twitter;

“If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organisation that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop."

She continued her emotional statement;

“If LGBTQ+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences… maybe just try and listen? Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. It’s a beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy.”

The 31-year-old is married to Emma Portner since last January, and made an impassioned speech on The Stephen Colbert Show accusing Donald Trump and Mike Pence of continued dangerous discrimination against the LGBT+ community.

“I am fired up tonight, it feels impossible not to feel this way right now, with the president and Vice President Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married. Let’s just be clear. The Vice President of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife.”

Now Chris Pratt has responded to her claims about Hillsong, a celebrity-infused church in Los Angeles which has faced controversy over it's views.

Pastor Carl Lentz, who leads its New York branch, in 2015 said that he believes homosexuality is a sin and that a gay member of the church could never hold a leadership position. He claims that the church opens its doors, but doesn't encourage the 'gay lifestyle'.

Pratt took to Instagram writing: “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is "infamously anti-LGBTQ." Nothing could be further from the truth."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He continued; “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.” He elaborated on how the Hillsong community helped him through his divorce with actor Anna Faris.

“Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk,” Pratt said.

“They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”

We'll have to wait and see if Ellen Page answers his statement. 

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Otis Milburn has an announcement, and you DEFINITELY want to hear it.

The critically-acclaimed and fan favourite Netflix series Sex Education has won the heart of every single viewer, for it's hilarious script, lovable (complex) characters and important themes.

The iconic show touches on everything from sex, consent, homosexuality, prejudice, mental health, gender identity, abortion rights and racism. Somehow, they also made it funny, with beautiful acting. HOW?

That's right lads, Sex Education is coming BACK for a second season, after leaving us on a major cliffhanger at the end of season one.

The students at Moordale High School garnered a massive social media following (those quotable memes?), and it's estimated that over 40 million households watched the title within one month.

The fan demand for season two was predictably high, and Netflix has confirmed that the series has been renewed for another eight episodes of the heartfelt, funny and honest show. We STAN.

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Season two is slated to start production this spring in England, with Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Tanya Reynolds, Patricia Allison and Alistair Petrie all reprising their unreal roles.

Fans are pretty darn excited, as we guessed. Twitter has had a slight meltdown as the thought of more open conversations about sex, which is SO needed in today's society.

Creator of the show Laurie Nunn will return alongside executive producer Jamie Campbell. The first season achieved popular acclaim for it's poignant treatment of relationships and identity, we're OBSESSED with Otis' sex therapist mum.

Gillian Anderson is a certified boss.

We love the intersectional appeal of the show. I mean, a jock reading Virginia Woolf, and liking it? That's some revolutionary sh*t right there.

Multidimensional characters in a teen show can be hard to come by, but this cast has delivered it with heart.

Series creator Laurie Nunn said,

“The reception to series one has been so exciting. Seeing how people across the world have connected to characters that began as ideas in my head is incredible. I’m hugely grateful to every person that has taken the time to watch the series, and I can’t wait to continue this amazing journey.”

Thank you, Laurie, for giving us Emma Mackey's character: the badass Maeve Wiley. We need her so badly in our lives.

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We can't wait to see what's in store for season two.

SPOILER ALERT:

At the end of season one, Otis was smooching his new gal Ola, much to Maeve's heartbreak. Will Maeve return to school? And what about Adam and Eric's burgeoning romance? We can't deal.

Bring on 2019, God exists and she has delivered us this gift.

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Regina Doherty, Social Protection Minister, has confirmed Government approval for the preparation of the Civil Registration Bill 2019, which introduces vital new changes for LGBT+ parents in Ireland.

Parental rights of same-sex couples on birth certificates of children born through donor-assisted births have now been officially affirmed.

According to the Department of Social Protection, the Civil Registration Bill will; “resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor-assisted births and will be brought forward as a priority”.

“This bill will extend the required particulars for registration of a birth to include ‘parent’ on a birth certificate,” the Department continued.

“At present, birth certificates issued in respect of donor-assisted children born to same-sex couples only allow for the recording of the mother’s details," it said, highlighting issues for lesbian parents.

“These changes will facilitate the registration and re-registration of births of children of same-sex female couples, and this will affirm their parental rights.”

Parents of non-donor assisted children may also utilise the label “parent”, if they so desire.

Regina Doherty expressed her happiness surrounding the crucial changes;

“While the changes proposed will affect a relatively small number of people, they touch on matters that are very sensitive and of great importance to those families affected."

She continued; "I have met with and spoken to many affected by this issue and I am now very pleased to be able to bring these changes forward as a priority to ensure that they can be introduced as soon as possible."

The bill will be published and brought before the Houses of the Oireachtas hopefully early in early spring.

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With the current charged political climate of #MeToo, which is bringing issues of consent, sexual violence, abuse and harassment to light on a daily basis, it's the PERFECT time for a show like Sex Education.

Netflix' new series is already critically acclaimed with it's standout teenage characters, incredible acting talents and refreshing humour, but what's just as important is the need to face sexuality and it's trials and tribulations at a young age.

The show is tackling imperative issues and somehow manages to be laugh-out-loud funny at the same time, how does it achieve this unique, charming quality?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sex Education follows Otis Milburn, a socially awkward but sweet-natured sixteen-year-old (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother, played by the amazing Gillian Anderson.

Otis' school life is filled with iconic characters like Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa), the most GAS LGBT+ character of all time, and misunderstood punk and resident badass Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey).

Middle finger Maeve= our 2019 mood. You heard it here first:

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After discovering his penchant for giving responsible and understanding sex advice, Maeve 'complex female characters' Wiley encourages Otis to set up his own teen sex clinic for some quick cash, and the results are HILARIOUS.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Among the vital topics faced with beautiful skill are abortion, transphobia, homophobia, mental health, consent, contaception, racism, sexism and toxic masculinity; we're in awe of episode three and the emotional rollercoaster of teenage life, told with humour and care.

Here are the best memes and reactions online to our new favourite binge-worthy show, PRAY FOR SEASON TWO IMMEDIATELY.

1. How pure Eric and Otis' friendship is:

2. Complex LGBT character of colour GOALS

3. If you know, you know *wink*

4. The confusing time setting which seems like a 1980s/1990s/2019 mash-up:

5. Is it USA or UK though?! They have Letterman jackets with British accents?! Help?!

6. It's MY VAGINA: that iconic episode four scene has become a meme…

7. How HAWT Gillian Anderson is in the show as Otis' sex savvy mum:

8. Gillian's LEWKS were 2DIE4:

9. Eric and Adam's weird bully vs hilarious victim sexual tension 

10. Maeve Wiley's distinctive Margot Robbie resemblance is HAUNTing:

11. COMPLEX FEMALE CHARACTERS. Need we say more?

12. The script is spit-out-your-tea levels of hilarity:

13. THAT video of 1980s Gillian Anderson teaching a workshop:

14. How damn WOKE it is:

 15. THE PLUMBER's SCROTE:

16. If anyone harmed Eric the internet would defend him til the death:

17. I repeat: TIL THE DEATH

 18. Lily is top 5 strangest characters ever, but she deserves points for her bravery:

19. Aimee. Just…Aimee. Not to mention disturbingly honest portrayals of female masturbation:

20. We choked at this scene, and arguably the funniest line of the script:

21. Eric and Adam's pinky scene. The feels.

 22. GIVE US SEASON TWO AND NO ONE WILL BE HURT:

We gasped at that ending. Our hearts gave out, from pure weakness.

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We're currently tweeting Netflix incessantly until they announce a season two.

MAEVE DESERVES HAPPINESS, OKAY? 

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Tasmanian comedienne Hannah Gadsby has called out "good men" during her acceptance speech at the The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Gala.

She voiced her opposition to the way in which certain men discuss their 'bad' male counterparts, and essentially still have the power over women.

"All men believe they are good", she stated, explaining the unbalanced narrative surrounding misogynistic behaviour.

She elaborated on the issue of good men speaking on behalf of all women, therefore having the power to draw boundaries;

“I want to speak about the very big problem I have with the good men, especially the good men who take it upon themselves to talk about the bad men,” she said.

“I find good men talking about bad men incredibly irritating, and this is something the good men are doing a lot of at the moment.”

A line which especially caught the media's attention was regarding the "Jimmy's and the David's and the other Jimmy's" of the world.

Her references to infamous talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, are in relation to their previous comments surrounding the #MeToo era.

Gadsby believes the duo can only regard bad men in two ways: either as extreme perpetrators of sexual violence such as Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, or as friends who have taken a misstep but are well-meaning, such as Aziz Ansari.

“We need to talk about how men will draw a different line for a different occasion,” she said.

“They have a line for the locker room; a line for when their wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters are watching; another line for when they’re drunk and fratting; another line for nondisclosure; a line for friends; and a line for foes.

“You know why we need to talk about this line between good men and bad men? Because it’s only good men who get to draw that line.

“And guess what? All men believe they are good.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The comedienne's candour has been applauded by numerous people, who appreciate her honesty in the face of such a difficult audience.

Her Netflix stand-up show Nanette was released earlier in the year to widespread critical acclaim, and faced tough issues such as rape, sexual assault and homophobia.

We have SO much respect for this badass lady, what a woman.

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A new ad campaign has launched in Scotland confronting discrimination and hate crimes.

The billboard campaign directly addresses hate speech in society with some powerful statements addressed at those who execute such bigotry. 

One Scotland, the Scottish Government's equality campaign, defines a hate crime as a verbal or physical crime committed against someone on the basis of their race, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. 

According to the campaign, there were over 5,300 charges of hate crime reported to the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland.

'However, there are many more incidents that go unreported,' reads a One Scotland statement. 

'Scotland takes hate crime very seriously. We all have a responsibility to report hate crime if we witness it – it’s the only way we can challenge it, and put an end to it for good.'

One Scotland 

Hate crimes motivated by race or identity are something we gasp at when reading our history books, but in some corners of our society, antiquated and divisive opinions still exist. 

We're delighted that Scotland is taking a stand to support those impacted by hate crimes, and letting perpetrators know that it will not be tolerated. 

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Conor McGregor has apologised for using a homophobic slur in a recent viral video, insisting he mean no “disrespect” to the LGBT community.

In a pre-recorded interview due to be aired on The Late Late Show this Friday, the MMA star tells Ryan Tubridy that he is sorry for saying the word “f****t” and would like to try “move on from it.”

"I have to put my hands up there. I was whispering in his ear and I was speaking on that and I said what I said. I meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I didn’t mean no disrespect.”

The Crumlin native went on to say how he had campaigned for a 'Yes' vote in the 2015 marriage referendum and argued that people just want to throw him “under the bus.”

“It is another one where things just get blown out and they love to just, any chance they get they love to throw me under the bus. It is what it is.”

“I’ll just say sorry for what I said and that’s it and try to move on from it.”

Understandably, many people were not satisfied by the seemingly uninspired apology, with some arguing that he didn't even realise the extent of his wrongdoing.  

Catch the full interview on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One, this Friday, 

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Much-loved stylist and TV star, Gok Wan, took to Instagram yesterday evening to share this thoughts on the 'lads' who felt it necessary to verbally abuse him while passing him in the airport.

In a succinct but poignant message to the men, Gok wrote: "Lads at the airport. When I walk past you and you mutter 'Queer Faggot', I hear you."

"I don't turn around and answer you because you are stupid," he continued. "I don't throw anything at you because I would be embarrassed. I don't even look at you because you are not worth my face."

 

Dickheads!

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Taking the high road, Gok wished them well, before making reference to their upcoming trip with a reminder that they too may fall victim to verbal abuse at some point.

"I sincerely hope you don't get any abuse whilst you're away. Maybe for just looking a little different, maybe for not being a local… maybe for just being you."

And the clincher?

Gok finished the message with a sassy 'Bon Voyage D*ckheads."

The TV personality's page has been flooded with message of support since the upload, with one fan writing: "You're awesome and they're obviously bitter and insecure."

Another added: "Idiots! If they were to spread the love like you do, think of the joy they would bring instead of hatred."

Well said.

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As Germany celebrates their decision to legalise same-sex marriage, Russia is offering its gay community a one-way ticket out of the country on account of their sexuality.

According to recent reports, a Russian religious television channel is encouraging gay people to leave Russia and not return.

While appearing on Tsargrad TV, Russian television presenter, Andrei Afanasyev, made comments which are in keeping with the homophobic attitude prevalent in Russia.

"Just recently, California – the most liberal state in the USA by the way – proposed to facilitate the granting of green cards to Russian perverts," Andrei said.

"The staff of Tsargrad TV support this initiative," he told viewers of the Christian Orthodox-based channel.

"Moreover, we are ready to pay for a one-way ticket to anyone who plans to emigrate in complete earnest, and can provide a medical certificate proving that they are sodomites or have other forms of perversion."

"We really want you to move there, where you can openly submit to your sins." he added.

The footage was posted to Facebook in recent days, with one social media user commenting: "I'd like to give this lowlife a one-way ticket to go back to the Middle Ages."

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Last night, on the anniversary of the Marriage Equality referendum, the iconic LGBT bar The George was vandalised.

The bar and club, which has maintained its place on South Georges Street, Dublin since 1987, was defaced with homophobic slurs.

The offensive language included the use of the term 'f*****,' with the phrase 'f****** out' scrawled across the door of the venue. 

The hateful language was accompanied by etchings of swastikas. 

The bar opened eight years before homosexuality was legalised in Ireland, and this weekend intended to host celebrations for the second anniversary of the Yes Equality referendum. 

'Gardaí in Pearse Street are investigating this incident,' a Gardaí spokesperson confirmed. 

Twitter has been responding to the vandalism: 

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Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich were enjoying one of the best days of their lives when they got married in September 2014.

However, their delight quickly turned sour after a homophobic incident marred their big day. 

The couple said 'I do' in an intimate ceremony surrounded by loved ones, before proceeding to West Virginia's Gilmer County courthouse to seal the deal with a legal certificate of marriage. 

Pic: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

It was here that the couple were allegedly the victims of a homophobic incident, in which the couple were palmed off after being falsely told that they couldn't get a marriage certificate without a driver's licence, according to The Washington Post.  

Upon returning over a year later to procure the certificate, the couple were allegedly met with a 'tirade of harassment and disparagement,' according to their lawsuit

The court house clerk reportedly called the couple an 'abomination' and stated that God would 'deal with them.'

'I don’t want to forget that day being so happy because it’s crowded out by the legal day,' she told the Washington Post.

'But sometimes I can’t help it. It’s hard to drive by the courthouse. It’s hard to just deal with it. I feel like I was robbed of being a human on that day.'

The clerk reportedly felt that her constitutional right to express religious freedom meant that she could harass the lesbian couple due to their sexuality. 

'I just felt led to do that. I believe God was standing with me and that’s just my religious belief,' she told The Charleston Gazette

The couple were able to sign their papers and get the marriage certificate eventually, but the entire event was marred by the alleged harassment. 

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A cinema has cancelled screenings of Disney's Beauty and the Beast because it includes a gay character. 

The drive-in theatre has rejected the film, citing it's staunch Christian beliefs for the decision. 

The Henagar Drive-In Theatre in Alabama said that it will only show films that are family oriented, so that viewers will not have to bear witness to things such as homosexuality and foul language. 

 "When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand" read a statement on the theatre's Facebook page, which has since been deleted. 

"If we cannot take our 11 year old granddaughter and 8 year old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it."

“If I can't sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it."

“I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That's fine. 

“We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches.”

The statement came after the film's director Bill Condon made a revelation about the sexuality of the character LeFou, played by Josh Gad. 

"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon told Attitude.

"He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings."

Twitter is pretty outraged by the decision, calling it out as homophobic. 

"What year is it in Alabama?" said one. 

"Shame on you Henagar Drive-In Theatre," said another. 

 

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