The Daily Sting, Monday: Trans Erasure by Trump, Cate Blanchett Defends ‘Gayface’

The Daily Sting, Monday: Trans Erasure by Trump, Cate Blanchett Defends ‘Gayface’

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Happy Monday to all! Now let’s take a look at the day’s queerest headlines, starting with trans erasure at the hands of the Trump administration and actor Cate Blanchett (you know and love her from the Todd Haynes 2015 film Carol, in which she played a lesbian) defends straight actors playing gay.

In other news, some of our favorite queens have become Simpsons characters and we’ve got an update to last week’s story about the Delta flight attendant who got busted having sex in a plane with a popular gay porn star.

From trans erasure to Cate Blanchett defending ‘gayface,’ here are the day’s queerest headlines:

1. Leaked Memo Shows Trump Administration Contemplates Trans Erasure (News, Politics)

A memo obtained by The New York Times written by the Department of Health and Human Services shows the Trump administration contemplating trans erasure. It would do so by narrowing the definition of gender (as conservatives like to do with marriage) to male or female, and individuals would be required to identify as such based on their genitalia at birth. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence,” says the memo. The American Civil Liberties Union (ALU) has already threatened legal action if the administration acts on this trans erasure.

2. Actor Cate Blanchett Defends Straight Actors Who Want to Play Gay (Celebrities, Film)

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, beloved actor Cate Blanchett (Carol, The Lord of the Rings, Ocean’s 8) has spoken out in defense of “gayface,” the idea of straight actors portraying LGBTQ people on-screen, something that has become a controversial notion of late. While many think casting straight actors in queer roles prevents a still-marginalized LGBTQ population from film and TV opportunities, Cate Blanchett says, “I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience. … [N]ow, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”

Read the full Hollywood Reporter story here

3. Get a First Look at RuPaul and Raja as The Simpsons Characters (TV, Drag)

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