Lez Dish It Out! AfterEllen’s Weekly LGBT Round-Up

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Well, we’ve officially reached the end of Pride Month. Although it’s a bummer to move on, I hope this edition of LDIO encapsulates all the good feelings of Pride and that you had a fabulous month of celebrating. To send us off into July, Ellen Page covered a Britney Spears song, Lea DeLaria made a video on coming out, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin flawlessly shut down the GOP. Lez get to it!

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Ellen Covers Britney’s “Lucky”

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Although I don’t know why this happened, I’m 100 percent here for it. On June 27, Ellen did an acoustic cover of Britney’s “Lucky.” Not only was I transported back to 2000 when I bought Spears’ album on cassette (I was a poor 5th grader, you guys!), I was also reminded that Page can actually sing.

Listen to the lesbian’s brooding cover below:

So far, all of the articles on Ellen’s cover has been incredibly positive. What do you guys think?

Halsey & Demi Lovato Feud Over Pop Music’s Exploitation Of The Bi Community

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Where do I even start? Please bear with me as I dissect this multi-layered and kind of ridiculous feud.

Alright, so this whole thing started over an interview Halsey gave to Paper magazine. In the convo, the bisexual singer slammed “people [who] write bisexual characters as going through a phase or struggling with something. It’s part of some mental breakdown or rebellion story line, and that just sucks.” The musician then went on to critique pop music’s exploitation of bisexuality, saying, “Bisexuality as a taboo: ‘Don’t tell your mom’, or ‘We shouldn’t do this’, or ‘This feels so wrong but it’s so right.’”

All valid points, right? The problem is, Demi took Halsey’s last comment as dig towards her song “Cool For The Summer.” In the song, Lovato sings:

“Got my mind on your body
And your body on my mind
Got a taste for the cherry
I just need to take a bite
Don’t tell your mother
Kiss one another
Die for each other
We’re cool for the summer

Lovato, who has hinted at being bisexual in the past, also tweeted about the situation:

Although I don’t think Halsey was necessarily referring to Lovato, or that the song is even about bisexuality, it’s still important to recognize that pop music regularly exploits bisexuality and same-sex relationships in general. Hi, Katy Perry!
But wait… there’s another layer to this story. If you’ve been on Halsey’s side up until now, I have some info that might sway you in the other direction.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Migos rapper Quavo made seemingly homophobic comments. In response to the controversy, Halsey defended Quavo:

I think he’s misunderstood. Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I’m pretty good at it, that doesn’t mean every artist is going to be equipped to be politically correct. I don’t think he’s inherently homophobic, I think he’s in a tough place of trying to explain what he means. I agree his apology was bullshit but I can’t police everybody.”

Obviously, the New Jersey native’s defense of the comments sparked a lot of outrage within the LGBTQ community. All I can say is, I’m glad Halsey didn’t double down on her support of Quavo and that she apologized. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, right?

Here are Halsey’s tweets on the situation:

Phew, I’m done. That was a lot of nonsense to sift through.

Ruby Rose Has A Cameo In Pitch Perfect 3’s Trailer

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Photo: Universal Pictures

In case you haven’t noticed, Ruby is really trying to get her movie career established. On Thursday, Rose made a cameo in the trailer for Pitch Perfect 3. The lesbian will play the character of Calamity, aka Anna Kendrick’s rival.

Check out the extended trailer below:

I’ve never seen Ruby dance or sing before, so I’m interested to see how this goes. The movie is set to premiere Dec. 25, 2017.

P.S. Rose recently announced she’ll be filming two movies back to back, Three Sisters and the fourth installment of Return of Xander Cage. Congrats!