Here’s The George Michael Tribute Queer People Have Been Waiting For

A gay couple have paid tribute to pop icon George Michael in a new video aimed at raising awareness of LGBTQ issues in Poland.

Released May 14, the video is a colorful mashup of three of Michael?s classic hits, ?Faith,? ?Too Funky? and ?Freedom ?90.? A bevy of well-known Polish personalities, including singer-dancer Wiktor Korszla, drag queens Charlotte Drag Queer and Aldona Relax, and vloggers Piotr Soko?owski and Pawe? Dworak, star in the clip, which can be viewed above. Marek Idziak-Sepkowski and Jedrzej Idziak-Sepkowski, who tied the knot in a symbolic 2014 ceremony even though same-sex marriage is not recognized in Poland, also make appearances in the video, which concludes with a hashtag call for equality, #PolandWakeUp

The project was spearheaded by Polish LGBTQ rights activists Jakub Kwiecinski and his boyfriend, David. The pair shot to viral fame in August 2016 when they repurposed Roxette?s ?Some Other Summer? as a coming out anthem in a colorful video that has received over 490,000 views to date. Since then, they?ve produced a number of other popular YouTube clips, including LGBTQ-inclusive renditions of RedOne?s ?Don?t You Need Somebody? and Mariah Carey?s ?All I Want for Christmas Is You.? 

Their homage to Michael, who died in December, is particularly fitting, given his cultural significance to the queer community. ?He was the greatest gay artist of our time, a real icon,? Kwiecinski told HuffPost. He noted how he and David continue to find strength in Michael?s music. ?We grew up with it, we fell in love with it… and now we can fight with it.? 

Kwiecinski said he and David will head to Portugal to marry in June, even though their union won?t be official in their home country. The country?s parliament has no openly gay or transgender members, and national efforts to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination and violence have been unsuccessful. 

Still, the couple have vowed to keep fighting. ?We just did to say it loud and clear ? we are not gonna let go and we are not afraid,? Kwiecinski said. ?When we sang ?Freedom ?90? at the end, we really felt a power that we can change the world. Not today, not tomorrow ? but one day, it will happen.?

No doubt George would be thrilled by the efforts his legacy has inspired. 

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‘House Of Cards’ Gets Orwellian In First Few Seconds Of Season 5

?House of Cards? fans may be split on the political drama?s first season after Donald Trump?s surprise election victory: It seems the upcoming season will feel either dull in light of the political drama playing out daily on cable news channels, or wonderfully relevant. Regardless, the first few seconds of Season 5 aim to give you the willies.

Streamed Tuesday morning over Facebook Live, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) delivers a message to the nation in a clip that serves as the first episode?s cold open. Claire, referencing a terror attack, calmly imparts an edict from the office of the president, still held by her husband Frank (Kevin Spacey).

?The president and I have a simple request: Tell us what you see,? she says while retaining her eerie composure. ?If anything in your environment strikes you as a bit odd, a bit off, pick up the phone. Whether it?s a package, or a person who seems out of place, we?d love you to let us know.? Her request, which somehow doesn?t sound as optional as their speaker suggests, calls back to the totalitarian government of 1984 that taught citizens to report on their neighbors.

While Kevin Spacey has stated that the show never worries ?about keeping it topical and current,? many have happily spotted similarities between the upcoming Season 5 ? out May 30 ? and Trump?s ascension to the presidency after the full trailer dropped earlier this month. Claire?s criticism of the ?noisy press? is just another such echo of the Trump administration. 

Thankfully, the only one telling us to ?watch out for each other? and ?watch each other? is a fictional character.

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Stephen Colbert’s Idea For Trump Presidency Movie: ‘Watergate 2: Resign Harder’

Blockbuster season has begun, but as the news about Donald Trump?s presidency seemingly continues to get worse, you may be thinking that the country could use real galaxy guardians or an unbelievably fast car to take us far away from here.

But Stephen Colbert actually went the opposite route on ?The Late Show? last night during his monologue, imagining the Trump scandals as perfect material for a summer blockbuster.

Focusing on the recent scandals which have involved (long breath) Trump firing FBI Director James Comey amid the Russian-collusion investigation, Trump threatening that he?s been secretly taping conversations in the Oval Office and Trump leaking highly classified information to the Russians, Colbert envisioned Trump as the star of a dark sequel.

Mentioning an Axios article claiming that Trump might try to have a ?huge reboot? within his staff given all the problems, Colbert launched into his movie pitch.

?Yes, it?s yet another 70?s reboot … ?Watergate 2: Resign Harder.? This summer, he is a crook,? said Colbert.

He then continued, ?Although, to be fair, Nixon at least attempted a cover-up.?

Colbert had another string of jokes immediately following this.

The late night host examined White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer?s decision to avoid all questions about Trump?s claim about Oval Office recordings with iterations of, ?The president has made it clear what his position is.?

?No, we know he?s screwing the country,? Colbert responded, ?but he hasn?t made clear what the position is. Is it missionary? Is it doggy style??

Making up (presumably) a politically-related sex position, Colbert joked, ?Sounds like he?s pulling a reverse-Constitutional.?

This Trump blockbuster has intrigue, scandal and, apparently, sex. No wonder more than 60 million people voted to watch this.

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Delta Wants To Replace Human Check-In Agents With Facial Recognition Kiosks

Delta Air Lines announced on Monday that it?s testing a check-in kiosk that uses facial recognition to ensure passengers? faces match their passport photos. If all goes well, the new kiosk could replace check-in agents altogether. 

The kiosk will be one of four to debut at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer. Each will allow passengers to print their own bag tags for checked luggage and load it onto a conveyor belt, a spokeswoman told HuffPost. One kiosk will have facial recognition technology so passengers can finish checking in right then and there, while the rest will still require check-in with a human.

 

The idea is to let travelers check themselves in so Delta agents can be available to help in other ways, executive Gareth Joyce said in a statement.

?We see a future where Delta agents will be freed up to seek out travelers and deliver more proactive and thoughtful customer service,? Joyce said.

Previous technological upgrades such as ticketing kiosks and mobile check-in have already ?transformed congested lobby areas and drastically improved customer satisfaction scores,? Joyce added.

The facial recognition kiosk will only work for passports; travelers with other forms of ID will still need to go through human processing. The kiosk will delete traveler photos after confirming passport matches, the spokeswoman said.

Delta?s facial recognition test is separate from a Customs and Border Protection project that?s also piloting facial recognition in airports, though for security purposes.

If this is the future of air travel, then you?d better be ready for your close-up. 

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Here’s A Great Way To Explain What It Means To Be Gay To Kids

It?s been one year since our favorite queer web series for kids launched with an episode breaking down gay identity for kids.

In the months since, creator Lindsey Amer and her sidekick Teddy have become an invaluable resource, unpacking LGBTQ themes and experiences in ways that are both educational and accessible for kids. In celebration of the ?Queer Kid Stuff? one-year anniversary, Amer is releasing a remastered version of the first episode explaining what it means to be gay.

?I originally started making queer work for kids through theater,? Amer told HuffPost. ?I wanted to make work that would have help me as a confused little queer kid trying to navigate the world. One day, I decided to google ?what does gay mean?? and all that turned up was a dictionary definition and a few resources for parents and teachers, but there was nothing there to help kids answer that question themselves. I wanted to provide that resource so that kids can learn about the world around them through a diverse and queer-inclusive perspective.?

Congrats on one year of crucial and successful videos! Haven?t seen other episodes of ?Queer Kid Stuff?? Head here.

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Top Obama Aide Endorses Tom Perriello In Virginia Governor’s Race

Valerie Jarrett, who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama for the duration of his presidency, endorsed former Rep. Tom Perriello in Virginia?s hotly contested Democratic gubernatorial primary race.

Jarrett made the announcement on Twitter Saturday, praising Perriello?s vote for the Affordable Care Act as a freshman congressman from a conservative district in central Virginia. Perriello went on to lose his reelection bid amid a backlash to the law that fueled a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.

The Perriello campaign confirmed that the tweet represented an official endorsement of his candidacy.

Perriello thanked her for the endorsement.

Jarrett was a close confidante of Obama?s from Chicago long before he became president. She joined Obama in lobbying Democratic National Committee members to elect former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman in his successful race against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison in February.

As a member of Congress, Perriello distinguished himself for his support of Obama?s agenda despite living in a district that was increasingly hostile to the then-president. He went on to head the Democratic-aligned Center for American Progress action fund and serve in the Obama administration State Department. 

Jarrett?s use of the phrase ?political courage? appears to be a reference to Obama?s speech last week upon accepting the Profile in Courage award at the John F. Kennedy Library on Sunday. He dedicated the award to the Democrats in Congress who lost their elections after voting for the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.

?These men and women did the right thing,? Obama said. ?They did the hard thing. Theirs was a profile in courage.? 

Perriello, 42, is campaigning as a defender of the law in the wake of the recent House vote to repeal the ACA.

In an advertisement released moments after the House passed the repeal legislation, Perriello stands in front of an ambulance being crushed in a compactor symbolizing GOP attempts to overturn health reform. Speaking over the loud noise of the compactor, he touts his vote for Obamacare as a congressman and promises to prevent a figurative ambulance-crushing scenario in Virginia.

But Perriello?s vote for Obamacare is fraught with controversy as well. He was one of 64 House Democrats to support the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, a measure that would have prohibited Obamacare subsidies from being available for insurance plans that cover abortion. The amendment temporarily held up the landmark law before an alternative compromise replaced it.

Since launching his gubernatorial campaign, Perriello has expressed ?regret? for the decision to back Stupak-Pitts, claiming it was based on a promise to constituents to oppose federal funding for abortions. He now supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, the law barring federal funding for abortions.

The more uniformly pro-abortion rights record of Perriello?s opponent, sitting Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, 57, earned the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Northam, a pediatric neurologist and Army veteran, helped lead the fight against a Republican-led trans-vaginal ultrasound proposal in the Virginia legislature.

He has also fought to implement the ACA in Virginia, advocating for the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of a state-run Obamacare insurance exchange.

Jarrett?s endorsement is a significant pickup for Perriello, who has cast himself as the progressive favorite in the contentious primary.

The lieutenant governor is not without his own controversial health policy record, however. He twice voted for former President George W. Bush, a staunchly anti-abortion Republican who appointed two Roe v. Wade opponents to the Supreme Court. (He has said he was not following politics closely at the time.)

And as a state senator in 2011, he called health care a ?privilege? in a debate with an opponent, even as he defended measures to make it more affordable. (He has since said he believes ?affordable health care? is a ?right.?)

Notwithstanding these complexities, Jarrett?s endorsement is a significant pickup for Perriello, who has cast himself as the progressive favorite in the contentious primary. Northam has the support of virtually the entire Democratic establishment in Virginia, including Gov. Terry Mcauliffe, and Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

He was viewed as a shoo-in until Perriello jumped into the race in January in a move inspired by President Donald Trump?s election. Perriello has since picked up endorsements from top progressive leaders such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Our Revolution, the nonprofit successor to Sanders? presidential campaign. 

Perriello and Northam are now neck-in-neck in the polls ahead of the June 13 primary.

The general election is Nov. 7. The current frontrunner in the Republican primary is Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

This article has been updated throughout.

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