MEXICO CITY.Opens its first senior center for LGBTQ folks. The center, called Vida Alegre, Spanish for “Happy Life,” was founded just over a year ago by Samantha Flores, an 87-year-old transgender woman. Nothing similar exists in the country.
OBAMA OFFICIALS ENDORSE BUTTIGIEG. According to CNN, “Three former Obama administration officials are endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president, as the South Bend, Indiana, mayor continues to stress comparisons between his presidential run and that of Barack Obama’s. Obama’s former special assistant and personal aide Reggie Love is endorsing Buttigieg, the campaign said. Love, who began his time with Obama as deputy political director in his Senate office, was a ubiquitous presence at Obama’s side during the 2008 presidential campaign and at the White House through most of his first term. The endorsement is a boost for Buttigieg from a high profile African American official from Obama’s orbit at a time when the South Bend mayor is working to build support with black voters.
Buttigieg is also being formally endorsed by Austan Goolsbee, who served as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, and Linda Douglass, the former director of communications for the White House Office of Health Reform.
STEVE GRAND. His Back to the Future themed crèche is… inspired.
GHB. The drug, still wildly popular, is more deadly and pervasive than ever among gay men who use it for chemsex, often accompanied by cocaine and crystal meth.
HENRY CAVILL.Rumors reported by Men’s Health magazine say that Cavill doppelgänger David Corenswet (Netflix’s The Politician) will replace him as the last son of Krypton. Corenswet is closer in age to the new Batman (Rob Pattinson) and the scuttlebutt is that Warner Bros. wants to distance its future as far as possible from the Zach Snyder directed DCU Films.
NEIL GAIMAN. Responding to reports that the Cavill recasting decisions were directly related to company insiders who think the character is no longer relevant to readers or viewers. “You don’t make it relevant,” The Sandman scribe tweeted on Monday. “You make it inspiring.”
STAN LEE. A year after the Marvel Comic’s impresario passed away, ABC will airCelebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee on Friday, Dec. 20. Celebrating takes viewers on an action-packed journey throughout the life of Lee and across the Marvel Universe, sharing never-before-seen interviews and archive footage with Lee himself from deep within the Marvel and ABC News archives.
DEWAYNE PERKINS. Watch the up and coming Black, gay comedian’s hilarious stand-up set.
SETHMACFARLANE.The Family Guy creator has given $1,000,000 to Rainforest Trust to further the international conservation organization’s work to protect rainforests and tropical habitat. “The science is clear on the connection between preventing deforestation and addressing the climate crisis. Rainforest Trust’s commitment to protecting habitat and its inherent biodiversity is fundamentally important. I wanted to support Rainforest Trust’s direct-action approach, and I hope others will join me in supporting this crucial work,” said MacFarlane.
FACEBOOK. May finally have a real threat to its global social media dominance. “In a bid to move away from the data-driven model favored by Facebook with monetized, targeted ads, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales is launching something of an anti-Facebook.”
The recently launched a new social network, WikiTribune Social — WT:Social, as it’s also called, will instead be supported by donations from a group of users.
Though the platform naturally has nowhere near as many users as Facebook, it told The Independentthat it had managed to draw in over 200,000 members within days of its launch.
BLACK WIDOW. Scarlett Johansson returns as the titular character and founding member of The Avengers, Natasha Romanoff. Although the character died in Avenger’s End Game, the movie takes place at some point before those events occurred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and involves her returning to her homeland of Russia to settle some unfinished business. It looks dope.
JOEY ARIAS.Is going to Harvard. “Drag queen, cabaret singer, performance artist, and legendary legend Joey Arias has donated a collection of his papers to the Harvard Theatre Collection at Houghton. According to curator Matt Wittmann, the Arias Archive includes nearly 70 boxes of photos, correspondence, artwork, posters from shows, and audio materials.”
Arias’ 40+ year career began as a window dancer and salesperson at ’70s-era it-store Fiorucci. Since then, he has racked up an impressive run of performances that include “R-rated puppet shows, a trippy rock band called Mermaids on Heroin, a gig at Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas and singing backup for David Bowie on Saturday Night Live.”
His most popular act is a cabaret show in the style of Billie Holiday.
KATY PERRY. The video to her new holiday staple, “Cozy Little Christmas” is here.