This is unusual because it's a topic that's sparked a debate in some circles over gender, one most of us haven't seen before.
A monk in Thailand touched a woman's breasts, a photo was taken that went viral, and it set off a firestorm because Buddhist monks are never allowed physical contact with the opposite sex.
But the story took an unexpected twist Sunday (1 March) when the woman in the photo, only identified as Thanradaporn, told the Morning News TV show that she was a pre-op transgender woman.
'I'm a transgender who has not had a gender change operation. My chest looks bigger than usual because I have been taking birth control pills,' she said.
You can read more here. It's really something that seems so innocent and yet somehow became a huge event that has sparked a debate over whether or not the trans woman in question is male, female, or third sex.
Jussie Smollett Outed
This is something you don't see often. One of Smollett's co-stars in Empire, Malik Yoba, recently outed Smollett. He claims Smollett is gay to the point of being an activist in the LGBT community.
I don't follow Empire, but it's interesting to note that Smollett plays a gay character, Jumal, but hasn't said anything about his own sexuality in real life.
'Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship,' Yoba tells Black Film.
But Smollett isn't saying.
'I am not willing to confirm or deny anything,' he said in a recent interview with Sway in the Morning.
'I live my life…if anyone is looking to put me in a box, then that’s not going to happen. But if you really want to know about me, just watch, because I don’t hide anything. I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life.'
See, that's the part that bothers me. It's not about his personal life. I don't want to know about his sex life, what he eats for dinner, or what kind of car he drives. I don't care how he does anal sex, if he's a top or a bottom. That's personal. Being gay is NOT about keeping something hidden in your personal life. Being gay is just being who you are, without shame and with dignity. And every single time I hear this weak excuse I want to grab something and kick it. It's an insult to me, and to everyone else out there who just says, "Yes, I'm gay." And that's all we really need to know.
The rest is here. Frankly, in this particular circumstance, I'm glad he was outed. I wouldn't say that in other more sensitive circumstances. But the dude is playing gay, getting paid a lot of money to pretend to be gay, and he doesn't want to admit he is gay in real life? That's WTF-ery that sends mixed messages to younger gay men still struggling with their identities.
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