Wholesome queer content to brighten up your lockdown
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We know it’s not easy to stay uplifted during lockdown. It’s okay to have your wobbly moments and listen to all of King Princess’s saddest songs on repeat.
But if you’re looking for some heartwarming content that will put a smile on your face, then look no further! Here are the queer moments that have kept us feeling cheerful in lockdown.
Christine And The Queens singing about cats
Christine And The Queens shared a song that was meant for Lady Gaga’s One World benefit special, which unfortunately didn’t make the cut.
In her hilarious song she sings and about washing your hands and her love of cats. Relatable and wholesome – how could you not love Chris?
The comical lyric goes: “Cats are great. They’re really low key, low key. And if you’re feeling lonely, reach out to me.” Did someone say Coronavirus anthem?
Robyn singing Dancing On My Own on TikTok
OMG. Robyn, how can you be so mean and so accurate all at once. https://t.co/yZhgMiKmsp— London In Stereo (@LondonInStereo) April 15, 2020
The Swedish pop star took to TikTok to put on her best British accent and mock us Dancing On My Own loving Brits.
In the clip, she is dressed in all-black and clothing a glass of white wine as she sings the chorus to her dance anthem.
It may have been a slight attack, but we feel seen by you Robyn.
Netflix shares new documentary, A Secret Love
Their love story spans more than 60 years.— Netflix (@netflix) April 22, 2020
So did their secret — until now.
A Secret Love premieres April 29 pic.twitter.com/UwYy2pHufF
Last week, Netflix shared an adorable trailer for an upcoming documentary which is now available to be added to your lockdown watchlist. It immediately had our eyes filling up and our hearts warming up.
A Secret Love tells the bittersweet story of lesbian couple, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel. The couple were forced to keep their lifelong relationship for over six decades – even from their closet family and friends.
It documents their experience of ageing together, reminiscing on their lives together and exploring the experience of being an LGBTQI person in America over the last 60 years.
Miriam Margolyes on This Morning
‘I was lucky enough to find someone who was prepared to love me. She loves me and I want to be with her for the rest of my life’— This Morning (@thismorning) April 27, 2020
Miriam Margolyes discusses what life is like being separated from her partner during lockdown. pic.twitter.com/9koCaqD0F3
The wonderful actor that is Miriam Margolyes took to our screens on an episode of This Morning to talk about the heartbreak of self-isolating away from her partner of 52 years.
Miriam has been in a relationship with academic Heather Sutherland for decades, preferring to live separately for personal space reasons.
When asked if she’d prefer to be in lockdown with her partners, Miriam told the hosts: “I would’ve loved that actually.”
She went on to say: “I’m not afraid of it and I think we really will try to be together from now on, because that’s what life is about, loving someone.”
“I was lucky enough to find someone who was prepared to love me, I’m not that loveable – I’m smelly and noisy and all that sort of thing. But she loves me and I want to be with her for the rest of my life, that’s all I want.”
Cate Blanchett shares her favourite films
#CateBlanchett shares a special list of films that inspire hope in an effort to help support those without a place to call home amidst our global health crisis. Share your #FilmsofHope below 👇Here’s how you can help @Refugees: https://t.co/pLwyok2MfT pic.twitter.com/qeQgRou9ix— IMDb (@IMDb) April 17, 2020
Honorary member of the LGBTQI community, well known for her role in the queer Christmas classic Carol, Cate Blanchett took to IMDb’s Twitter to give us a run down of her five favourite films with themes of “hope and home.”
In the video, she says that she is staying at home “as part of the global effort to keep each other sage in these very trying times.”
Cate’s recommendations are: Capernaum, Shoplifters, News From Home, The Other Side Of Hope, Babel and The Joy Luck Club.
A woman realised her chickens are in a lesbian relationship
Domino now HUSTLES RIGHT IN THERE if the other birds are giving her big dumb friend any trouble. They go to sleep at night separate to the other chickens, all snuggled up together, usually with one tucked under the other’s wing.— Amanda Brunton (@Amandycat) February 25, 2020
The ultimate lockdown love story has to be the lesbian relationship between two chickens. The pair were brought together in quarantine and have fallen in love.
In a viral Twitter thread, Amanda Brunton shared how she realised her two chickens, Domino and Michelle Obrahma, were in a lesbian relationship.
Amanda noticed that the two hens would have romantic dinners together away from the other chickens, and began sharing dust baths together. Instead of sleeping separately like the other chickens, they would also sleep on the same perch together, with one snuggled up under the others wing. It turned out that their behaviour was that of a rooster wooing a hen.
Indya Moore raising money for marginalised communities
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Covid Relief Update: Hey friends guess what? This fund started with an intention to give 50 dollars to the first 50 black trans folk who commented under my first post about covid relief, from my own funds. However, I was inspired by how many of us are in need of assistance and knew i needed to give more, so i continued until I realized that I had to also allocate funds to take care of my family during this emergency as well. I decided that the best way to continue the fund would be to initiate a wealth redistribution system where I invite my IG community & Fan base to participate. I was completely touched by the interest of our allies (AND other fellow trans folk!) to support black trans folk to navigate the impact of the pandemic. Because of YOU We got to take care of about 400 people with 20 thousand dollars. The majority of recipients are black trans folk, particularly women. However many covid relief recipients are latinx, asian, indigenous, Queer, trans, disabled and differently abled folk as well. I am so incredibly touched by the outpouring response to organize covid relief funds for black trans lives. I am a little backed up on responding to folks who are still in need forgive me. I am only able to take care of as many folk as I have donations available. For those who are just seeing, I’ve launched a sort of makeshift affirmative action fundraiser to prioritize financial crisis Black Trans folks may be experiencing during this time. You can donate using my cashapp ID above. Everything and anything helps. *I do not make requests for money. Beware of scam tags that are pretending to be me and requesting money with promises to return more.
The star of Pose, Indya Moore, is raising thousands for Black queer trans folk during the Coronavirus pandemic.
They first donated $3,000 in March and they have gone on to set up a Cash App account to allow their followers to make donations that will be redistributed to those in the community who are suffering financially because of Covid-19.
Indya wrote on Instagram: “Black trans women are the last of us all to receive help and resources, if any at all. It’s really important to me to prioritise those who will always be thought of last, if thought of at all.”
“I am looking at all requests and I am looking at all trans folks in need however I am prioritising the needs of Black trans women first, the ones who are least likely to have friends, boyfriends and families checking in or present at all.”
A lesbian wedding on the streets of New York City
A lesbian couple still managed to get married during the pandemic, proving that coronavirus cannot stand in the way of true love.
Reilly Jennings revealed that she and her wife Amanda were due to get married in October, but felt that the wedding was unlikely to go ahead due to coronavirus. Instead, they took to the streets of New York City for their wedding.
Amidst the uncertainty and despair we all feel right now, marrying the love of my life in the most NYC moment was perfect,” Jennings wrote.
“I’ve waited four years to call [Amanda] my wife. This was all just the cherry on top of the love I feel every day.”
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