Week In Review, Aug. 17, 2018: Wesley Woods Speaks Out, Madonna Gets the LEGO Treatment

Week In Review, Aug. 17, 2018: Wesley Woods Speaks Out, Madonna Gets the LEGO Treatment

Written by Matt Keeley on August 17, 2018
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In the Week in Review, we take a look at 10 of the week’s top stories you may have missed. In this week’s edition, we check in with Wesley Woods after his recent gay bashing in West Hollywood. We also honor Madonna in two different ways — via LEGO and drag — and get excited to see comedian Leslie Jones as a guest judge on Drag Race.

Here are 10 of the week’s top stories:

1. Exclusive: Porn Performer Wesley Woods Recounts His Recent West Hollywood Gay Bashing

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Last Wednesday, gay porn performer Wesley Woods posted a video on Twitter announcing that he had been gay bashed in West HollywoodLos Angeles. We reached out to Woods directly to find out what happened and how he has been coping since then.

Read the full story here.

2. Hundreds of Sexy Men in New Orleans Ran in Red Dresses to Raise Money for Charity

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If you were in New Orleans, Louisiana, this last weekend, you might’ve seen hundreds of people wearing red dresses taking part in the Red Dress Run, an annual charity run in which participants jog a short distance from Crescent Park into the French Quarter.

Read the full story here.

3. Disney Is Facing Backlash Over Its First Major Gay Character in ‘Jungle Cruise’

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For years now Disney has been gradually introducing queer content into its work. But now that the House of Mouse is finally adding a full-fledged gay character in one of its upcoming films — heterosexual English comedian Jack Whitehall playing a “hugely effete, very camp and very funny” brother in the October 2019 action comedy Jungle Cruise — many are unhappy.

Read the full story here.

4. Super-Fan Celebrates Madonna’s Birthday with Lego Minifigures Set

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Madonna’s birthday is always cause for celebration, but yesterday the Material Girl turned the big 6-0. For her birthday, artist Sam Hatmaker handcrafted a one-of-a-kind set of Madonna LEGO Minifigures dedicated to the Queen of Pop.

Read the full story here.

5. Oklahoma School Shuts Down After Parents Threatened to Beat and Mutilate 12-Year-Old Trans Student

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An Oklahoma school remains closed after parents made violent threats against a 12-year-old girl because she’s transgender. The student, named Maddie, has identified as female since moving to Achille — a town of less than 500 — and is in the fifth grade.

Read the full story here.

6. RuPaul Personally Invited Comedian Superfan Leslie Jones to Guest Judge ‘Drag Race’

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Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones spent Pride month this year watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and Paris Is Burning and tweeting about it. Seeing her love for the show, Drag Race fans asked RuPaul via Twitter to invite Jones to serve as a special guest judge — and RuPaul agreed.

Read the full story here.

7. This Jerusalem Pizzeria Is Being Sued for Refusing to Serve a Gay Man

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A Jerusalem pizzeria is in legal trouble after allegedly discriminating against a gay customer. Sammy Kanter was wearing a Pride T-shirt when he entered Ben Yehuda Pizza. Almost immediately an employee asked if he was gay. When he said he was, the staffer asked him and his friends to leave.

Read the full story here.

8. 11-Year-Old Drag Queen ‘Desmond Is Amazing’ Channels Madonna and Divine in New Instagram Series

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Drag queen Desmond is Amazing, a.k.a. 11-year-old Desmond Napoles, is a drag wunderkind. He’s been turning looks since he could walk, and attended his first Pride parade at age 2. By age 8 he was marching in the parade — in heels — and vogued the whole way down Fifth Avenue. No wonder RuPaul calls him “the Future of America.”

Read the full story here.

9. Vienna Denied This Gay Iranian Asylum Because He Couldn’t Explain the Pride Flag In-Depth

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Pop quiz: What do the six colors on the rainbow Pride flag mean? Don’t know? Congratulations, you’ve been denied political asylum in Austria. It sounds silly, but a gay Iranian was refused asylum when he couldn’t explain the LGBTQ flag colors’ meaning.

Read the full story here.

10. You’ll Want to Punch Tucker Carlson in the Face After Watching Him Argue Tacos Are American

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Last night Fox News featured a rant in which conservative shill Tucker Carlson — who thinks jailing immigrant children is a great way to keep America white, by the way — claimed that tacos are an American food and any attempt to claim them as part of Mexican culture is “appropriation.”

Read the full story here.

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