Before we say goodbye to 2018, let’s take a look at the day’s big gay headlines, starting with disgraced comedian Louis CK, who during a stand-up routine earlier this month railed against queer people among other controversial topics. And in more positive news, the first-ever Pakistan trans Pride took place over this past weekend.
In other news, a queer nightlife party in Russia has released a steamy calendar, a Voguing legend from the days of Paris Is Burning has passed away and former President Barack Obama has revealed his favorite music, films and books of 2018.
From Louis CK back in the news to Pakistan trans Pride, here are the day’s big gay headlines:
1. Louis CK Rails Against Nonbinary People, Shooting Survivors and More (News)
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— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) December 31, 2018
A recording of a stand-up routine by disgraced comedian Louis CK from earlier this month has been making its way around the internet, and it’s garnered controversy based on his comments about quite a few topics. Not only did Louis CK — who it should be said faced no jail time after he was accused late last year of sexual misconduct by five women — criticize nonbinary people who prefer “they/them” pronouns, but he also joked that teens who have survived school shootings are “not interesting,” riffed about “retarded” people, joked about the penis size of men of various races and called his own doctor “an old fucking Jewish fag.”
As part of the comedy set Louis CK acknowledges that he’s sounding controversial but says, “What are you going to do, take away my birthday? My life is over. I don’t give a shit.”
2. First-Ever Pakistan Trans Pride Took Place Over the Weekend (News)
Saturday saw the first-ever Pakistan trans Pride parade take place in the city of Lahore, the country’s second most populated city. The trans community and its activists and allies took to the streets, signs and flags in hands, and attracted large crowds. Gay Star News reports that a bill has been drafted that would make it illegal to harass trans people at work. Though trans people face discrimination in Pakistan, the nation is more protective than others in the region.
3. Barack Obama Reveals His Favorite Pop Culture of 2018 (Culture)
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As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Swipe through to see my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.
Proving to the world that he’s still the coolest U.S. President ever, Barack Obama has continued what’s now a personal tradition — releasing his own year-end lists for books, movies and music. Among Obama’s favorite music of 2018: The Carters, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and queer artists Janelle Monáe and Brandi Carlile. Black Panther, Eighth Grade and Roma were among his favorite films, and surprising no one, the memoir Becoming by his wife Michelle Obama topped the list of his favorite books of 2018.
4. Hector Xtravaganza, Pioneer of the Queer Ballroom Scene, Dead at 60 (Culture)
Hector Xtravaganza, dubbed the grandfather of the House of Xtravaganaza, has died at 60 years old, according to the House of Extravaganza’s Facebook page. He was a pioneer of New York‘s queer ballroom scene and appeared in the beloved 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. “He was a friend to everyone he met, a source of inspiration for all who knew him, and a cornerstone of our House family. Arrangements for a celebration of Hector’s life will be shared in the coming days,” read the post. The cause of the death is currently unknown.
5. This Gay Russian Party Is Selling a Sexy, Sleazy 2019 Calendar (Nightlife)
The gay techno party Popoff Kitchen launched two years ago in Moscow at a club called Dissident, and four times a year it stages special events at other local venues. Most recently the party has collaborated with “art porn collective” Pornceptual to create a 2019 calendar. While the calendar can’t be found for sale inside Russia — the country enacted strict anti-gay propaganda laws back in 2013 — it can be purchased online here (link NSFW). The party acts as a safe space for the local queer population and a platform for local queer artists, and the calendar’s sexy, sleazy images all have a kitchen theme. More info here.