5 Things: Tomi Lahren Is Still a Bitch, Tunisia Is Still Terrible, Methodist Church Is Still Banning Gays, Sir Ian McKellen Is Still Spilling Tea, and HBO Is Still on Track for New Gay Drama

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The world is burning (quite literally in many places) but people still find the time to attack the gays. But, the last two items are at least a little uplifting.

Tomi Lahren is gonna Tomi Lahren until the end of time. This week's target: the gays.

https://twitter.com/TomiLahren/status/1100126697888800768

First of all, let's not pretend that outrage from sites like this very one isn't the exact goal of Tomi Lahren here. But....

I don't understand what she even means. What is "traditional masculinity"? And, traditionally, almost all marriages "attack" traditional marriage by ending in divorce. What is this even talki—

https://twitter.com/TomiLahren/status/1100184314413805569

Oh, I get it.

This bitch is all hot and bothered because of the cocks in frocks on the Oscars red carpet.

Listen, Gretchen, maybe you could get some tips from Shangela next time you need to stand out in a crowd. Because, Megan, honey, you look just like every angry blonde on Fox News. Got it, Laura?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuUhYmFlgCf/

Billy and Shangela are two fierce "fuck you"s to Tomi Lahren.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuSF3dEl_e0/

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Tunisia moves to shutdown their only national gay rights group, Shams.

In their objection to Shams, the Tunisian government states the group’s objective to protect sexual minorities goes against ‘Tunisian society’s Islamic values, which reject homosexuality and prohibit such alien behavior’.

Anya Crittenton for Gay Star News

The whole situation is upsetting. Africa, along with Southwest Asia, is a hotbed in the war to decriminalize homosexual acts. After the courts in Tunisia delivered a nice small step toward equality, their Islamic government is moving to once again get rid of the main advocate for gay rights in their country.

If organizations that defend human rights and sexual minorities are shut down, Tunisia’s image as an island of freedom and democracy in the region will take a big hit.

Human Rights Watch

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United Methodist Church rejects policy amendment that would allow congregations to openly accept LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage.

Methodists matching in DC Pride

In a move that surprised me not one bit, the United Methodist Church rejected measures at their yearly conference to become more LGBT inclusive.

Delegates from the country's second-largest Protestant denomination voted Tuesday in a conference against easing its ban on LGBTQ clergy members and same-sex marriages, reports the Associated Press.

Daniel Reynolds for the Advocate

The report continues, and reveals that the vote was actually closer than I expected, showing that a faction of the United Methodists were actually in favor of the measure. Will this create a schism? Who knows!

A 449-374 vote defeated a proposal that would have allowed regional and local congregations to enact their own policies regarding these issues. Two separate LGBTQ-affirming efforts were also rejected Monday.

Daniel Reynolds for the Advocate

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Sir Ian McKellen spills some tea about Kevin Spacey, Bryan Singer, and the current climate about sexual conduct/misconduct.

Well frankly, I’m waiting for someone to accuse me of something, and me wondering whether they’re not telling the truth and me having forgotten... But with the couple of names you’ve mentioned, people I’ve worked with, both of them were in the closet. And hence all their problems as people and their relationships with other people, if they had been able to be open about themselves and their desires, they wouldn’t have started abusing people in the way they’ve been accused.

Sir Ian McKellen, when asked about the Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer situations.

https://youtu.be/lQBNZaD8RCg

The iconic actor goes on to talk about how America may or may not allow the various shamed celebrities back into the limelight, and how every issue has its own subtleties and grey areas.

Honestly, the whole podcast is worth a listen. And, McKellen is on a roll, his recent appearance on the David Tennant podcast offers a lovely take on what it means to play a role as a gay man who ha a rough time accepting and playing themselves.

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HBO hasn't had a "gay show" on their network since they canceled Looking, but the director behind Call Me By Your Name plans to fix that.

Luca Guadagnino

The new Luca Guadagnino show, called We Are Who We Are, is a coming of age story about a gay teen on an Italian military base who pairs up with a new BFF everyone assumes he's dating while pining for both a boy back home in NYC and an older soldier.

What we know so far about We Are Who We Are is its setting, an army base in Italy, and that it follows two 14-year-olds named Fraser Wilson and Caitlin Harper.

Brandon Katz for The Observer

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