Story Behind the Village People YMCA Song; Airport Gives Nyle Dimarco A Wheelchair For Being Deaf; The Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham Divorce; Young Children and Homophobic Hate Crimes

The Story Behind the Village People YMCA Song

A friend sent me this link and I thought it was a nice piece of gay history. It’s been 40 years since The Village People dropped “YMCA” and I think it still resonates with gay men.

The song has also immortalized the Young Men’s Christian Association in pop culture. Yet former residents of the McBurney Y in Chelsea — the building that inspired the song, and which was featured in the video released in late 1978 — say the reality of stays at the YMCA in those days was more complicated than the lyrics portray, with gay culture and working-class workouts coexisting in a single communal space.
You can read more, here. Very interesting piece. I think it shows being gay isn’t just about sexuality. 

Airport Gives Nyle Dimarco A Wheelchair For Being Deaf

I’m not sure how this one happened. It’s always been my experience that airlines will go out of their way to accommodate people with unique situations. And many people do, indeed, need wheelchairs for very important reasons. They can’t physically walk through an airport without a wheelchair.

Earlier this week, Nyle DiMarco says he was offered a wheelchair at the airport… for being deaf.

Here’s a link. There are a few almost naked photos of him on the proverbial sandy beaches, too. All SFW. 

The Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham Divorce

This is sad to read. They seemed so happy when they got married in Palm Springs.

Actor Colton Haynes and celebrity florist Jeff Leatham’s divorce is back on after they tried and failed at giving things another go, The Blast reports.

Here’s the link. They give you all the back story. 

Young Children and Homophobic Hate Crimes

This is very disturbing. It’s all about homophobic hate crimes rising in the UK. But this part is really shocking.

Since 2014, a total of 70 children under the age of 13 were reported for homophobic or transphobic hate crimes. A number of these children were under the age of seven at the time.
There is also an age disparity between the types of hate crimes.

You can read this one, here. 

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