Netflix's Instagram Claps Back At LGBTQ Haters With Sass & Rainbows

Streaming service Netflix has been giving more and more representation to the LGBTQ community with its original programming for quite some time now.

The new Spanish high school drama Elite, for example, features an oh-so-cute gay couple - “Omar” (Omar Ayuso) and “Ander” (Aron Piper).

Over the weekend, Netflix shared a still of the couple (fondly nicknamed “Omander”) just about to lock lips on its Instagram account (11 million followers)  with the caption, “The only thing I want is to be with you. #Omander”





The only thing I want is to be with you. #Omander

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There were lots of positive comments but, as Taylor Swift likes to sing, “haters gonna hate, hate, hate.” And they did.

Mixed in with very supportive comments were the predictable negative-nancy trolls.

But one comment, from a user named ‘judas_priest12321’ caught the attention of the folks handling the Netflix account.

The hater left this little bon mot: “Get the f*ck off my Instagram. Not ever person on the planet is gay. You are trying way to hard.”

Grammar and spelling issue aside, the negativity reeked. But Netflix was not having the hate.

Amid a flood of rainbow emojis, Netflix slapped back writing, “…sorry couldn’t read your comment while surrounded by all these beautiful rainbows…” (props to Twitter user Ajay for the screen cap).

That comment inspired thousands of rainbow and pride emoji themed responses.

The post has garnered over 400,000 ‘likes’ so far, and an amazing 12,000 comments.

This isn’t the first time Netflix has defended its LGBTQ-themed programming.

Back in August, when the service announced Dancing Queen, a new docu-series following RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Alyssa Edwards, the folks running the network’s Instagram clapped back at several haters who felt the need to hate on the upcoming series.

Much thanks to the folks at Netflix! Keep hitting the haters with that rainbow love!

You can check out the trailer for Elite below and find more info about the show here.



(h/t Gay Star News)

Todrick Hall Apologizes For Ranting About His Ex And Exposing Him To Death Threats

Todrick Hall feels bad about blasting his ex-boyfriend online for using him and cheating on him.

Earlier this week, the YouTuber, singer, and Broadway actor posted to his Instagram story a rant about his ex-boyfriend. Without naming said boy, Hall heavily implied that his ex-boyfriend cheated on him, used him as a ticket for travel, and disrespected him at many turns.

Now, Hall has made a new Instagram post to apologize to his followers for posting the intimate story.

“I posted some things on my Insta story a couple days ago I should not have posted. I was in a situation where someone I loved had betrayed me and lied to me. And while he was not my boyfriend, we were in a sort of relationship. There were betrayals and lines that were crossed. I should have handled those situations behind the scenes. And instead I took to Instagram which was a very immature Regina George-esque approach at life, and…I posted things online not realizing the impact that it would have. This person has been receiving death threats and people telling him that he should commit suicide…That is not something that is okay. I don’t think it is fair for me to act like it is you all’s fault for doing that. It’s my fault for blasting him on my social media. I really apologize, I should have taken the Michelle Obama approach. I took the Cardi B approach. I love Cardi B but that was not the time to do that. My mom has taught me better than that.”

He then added: “This is not the way I would want my child ever to handle this situation….I will continue working on myself to be a better person for you all.”

Out Olympian Tom Bosworth Says Fans Were Unhappy After He Shared A Kissing Pic With His Husband

Tom Bosworth says he got an upsetting surprise after trying to honor an LGBTQ holiday.

Trying to honor National Coming Out Day (October 11), Bosworth, a British track and field Olympian, posted an Instagram picture of himself kissing his husband Harry Dineley.

To caption the photo, Bosworth wrote:

“It’s #nationalcomingoutdayso I thought I’d post the reason I came out, both times (to my parents then publicly). Love of my life, my everything - @harryd1010.”

“To all those struggling with the decision, if the time is right and you have the reason to do it, then DO IT! You’ll instantly feel better and you’ll wonder why you never did it sooner! It won’t be easy, it is terrifying and there will still be challenges to over come, but trust me, it’s worth it. Goodluck and enjoy being the true you!”




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The next day, Bosworth shared on Twitter that he got an unfortunate surprise when several followers chose to unfollow his account.

Trying to stay positive, he shared that he also received a lot of lovely messages too.

As Bosworth tweeted:

“Last night I shared this picture on Instagram for #nationalcomingoutday. It received a lot of love! Since then 50 people unfollow me! I dont post romantic pictures very often and Ive never hidden who I am so I dont understand why these individuals followed me in the first place!”

Gay Olympian Tom Bosworth Scares the Homophobes Away with a Simple Kiss

For National Coming Out Day, gay British Olympian Tom Bosworth posted a heartfelt photo with a beautiful message on Instagram. In the image, he is kissing his fiancé Harry Dineley.

The image immediately got tons of support, but then Bosworth saw the over 50 followers unfollowed his account. This baffled the Olympic race walker since he has been openly gay for years. In fact, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Bosworth announced his engagement to Dineley:



Could this week get any better? He said yes by the way! #Olympics #MarryMe #Love

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A confused Bosworth took to Twitter to share what had happened with fans and received more outpour of support from fans:


Sure, 50 followers is a drop in the bucket for someone with almost 6K followers. And if a kiss between a gay couple makes them go running for the hills maybe you don’t want them following you. Live your truth, Tom--and let the haters UNfollow!

YouTube Star Todrick Hall Unleashes Epic Instagram Rant On Ex-Bf

Back in the day, when a boyfriend cheated on you, you would break up and then call your besties to tell the sad tale.

But in today’s world of social media, some folks tell the WORLD.

Todrick Hall first garnered national attention in 2010 as a contestant on American Idol, and has gone on to release two studio albums, develop a YouTube channel which has almost 3 million subscribers, star on Broadway in Kinky Boots and Chicago the Musical as well as appear on RuPaul's Drag Race as a judge and choreographer.

Todrick took to social media last night to read his newly-kicked-to-the-curb ex-boyfriend for filth on his Instagram story in an epic rant.

He began by sharing his new rules for applying for the position of “boyfriend” with his 1.2 million followers.

The first 'new rule' is something sensible, like needing someone to be able to express themselves in a mature manner and not “hold in their feelings.”

From there, things escalate.

The next ‘new rule’ reads “Must not come on tour with me, meet other guys, start sleeping with them and give them comp tickets to my show particularly on days when I’m burying my relatives.”


And Todrick is just getting started.

“Must not lie to me about what they’re doing when they’re sleeping with me when they’re new secret side fling isn’t around.”

Rule number 5 reads, “Must not allow me to fly them all over the world so that they can do jobs and make money while sneaking away multiple times to go “not hang out with their ex” while he’s conveniently in town and then crawl back into the house looking shady and guilty as f**k at 6 am.”

After several more ‘new rules,’ Todrick goes into full-on burn mode addressing the ex directly saying “you used me, made me feel like sh*t.”

The actor/singer/dancer tells the ex, “It is taking everything in me to not go Kim Chi on a b*tch and just post, tag and blast your shady ass you little b*tch.”

He quickly adds, “But give me one reason, ONE REASON and I will annihilate you.”

There was much more after that as Todrick posted pics of the former bf labeling him “liar” and more.

The 33-year-old YouTube star closed by sharing that he's "legit shaking," adding "I haven't been this pissed in over a decade."

He also shares that while he's usually a 'high road' kind of guy, "I have to stand up for myself this time and say how I truly feel."

I'd say mission accomplished.

The lesson of the day? Do not cheat on Mr. Todrick Hall.

He will not suffer fools lightly.

Here’s just a few more of the 40+ posts that were part of the Instagram rant.

An industrious YouTuber recorded the full Instagram story and uploaded it.



(h/t Gay Star News)

Lindsay Lohan Tries to 'Rescue' Small Syrian Children From Their Parents, Gets Punched In the Face

Is it in poor taste to make a “Parent Trap” joke? I’ll take the risk.

The internet is shook after actress [former actress?—it’s been a long-ass time] Lindsay Lohan posted an Instagram live video of herself trying to “save” two Syrian children from their own parents in Moscow. She got punched in the face in the process.

The video starts with Lohan telling her IG viewers that she wants to introduce us to a Syrian refugee family.

“Tell me your story so I can help you,” she says in English to people who surely don’t speak English. They’re a homeless family with small children, it appears, sleeping under a blanket on the street.

Then the family appears to walk away from Lilo. She follows them, and accuses the adults, presumably the childrens’ parents, of “child trafficking.”

“Guys, you’re going the wrong way, my car is here, come,” Lohan is heard yelling at the children, . “They’re trafficking children, I won’t leave until I take you, now I know who you are, don’t f*ck with me.”

Lohan spent a few years living in Dubai. She throws out Arabic phrases with a Middle Eastern accent throughout the clip. She also speaks English with a Russian accent here and there.

“Don’t f*ck with Pakistan,” she chants at one point.

Things get physical when Lilo tries to forcibly take a child away. One of the adults punches her in the face. Lilo is left crying, gasping. “I am like, in shock right now. I am just like so scared.” She mumbles some more and then the clip is over.

On the surface, this is hilarious and campy. If you think about it for more than a little while, though, it is horrifying.

Watch the video below.



Lindsay, get help. Get professional help. It’s never too late until it’s too late.

What do you make of this sh*tshow? Please let us know in the comments.

h/t: Esquire

Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the fellow contributors.

How Should We Feel About The Selfie The "Queer Eye" Guys Took With Alleged Homophobe Candace Cameron Bure?

It’s safe to say the Queer Eye guys have mostly had a great week. First of all, the show won trophies for Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program. Then on Monday night, The Fab Five were a hit at the Emmys ceremony, presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Their bit, in which they offered to give characters of very heavy dramas lifestyle tips and makeovers, was an upbeat highlight in an overall disappointing telecast.

Star and designer extraordinaire Bobby Berk caused some controversy, however, by posting a selfie to Instagram with co-star Jonathan Van Ness and Fuller House stars Candance Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber.

The caption read: “When your childhood TV friends become your adult REAL friends.”

In 2015, Cameron Bure expressed support for a bakery that refused to make a cake for a gay couple, clashing with Raven-Symoné onThe View.

Later that year, Raven-Symoné and Cameron Bure both outraged the LGBTQ+ community and allies with a clueless-bordering-on-sinister The View interview with HIV-positive former child star Danny Pintauro. The hosts were widely seen as insensitive and unprofessional, with one question of Cameron Bure’s standing out in particular:

"I want to know, do you...do you take responsibility for your actions, for being promiscuous, going into a lifestyle of having heightened sex because of the meth that you were using?"

Last year, Bianca Del Rio picked a fight with Cameron Bure when the actress posted an Instagram pic of herself in a shirt stamped with Del Rio’s catchphrase, “Not Today Satan.” Del Rio called her a "homophobic Republican."

Cameron Bure denied the accusation--the homophobia part anyway: “Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don’t know what’s in my heart. I’m not homophobic and always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone.”

Flash-forward to now, and people aren't sure how to feel about the new selfie. Many dog-piled with criticism. 

As for Berk, (who's brought up facing religion-based homophobia as a child on his Emmy-winning show), this is what he had to say about the avalanche of harsh Instagram comments in a video response:

“Pretty sure that kind of attitude is what we’re trying to stop on Queer Eye. She’s a human and an artist just as I am, and the whole basis of Queer Eye is to learn to be able to coexist and to learn from people who think differently from you,” he said.

“I do know her views. I am against her views, but as a person I love her just as we should all love each other.”

Where do you stand in the debate? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

h/t: Pink News

"Love, Simon" Star Keiynan Lonsdale Posts Body Positive Instagram Pic After Nude Vids Leak

Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale is promoting body positivity online, but is there more to the story?

Last night, the actor and singer posted a very revealing picture of himself on Instagram. The photo, found below, shows Lonsdale spread out in front of a mirror with only a gold and glittered fabric covering his private area.

To caption the sudden and provocative photo, Lonsdale wrote:

“why is it deemed wrong to not wear clothes? We’ve been taught poorly, & groomed to hold shame for ourselves, our human bodies.”

“No matter what we look like, each of us is made to feel incorrect inside our own physical form, told that in order to survive & be a functioning, liked, & well respected person in society, we should hide this form from the world. That shit sounds whack to me.”

“Now, I’m not at all at the confidence level to be neked in public lol, maybe one day i hope, but I’m sure as hell working on sharing & showing off my body to myself.. and it feels good.”



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But is there more to the story than just Lonsdale sharing his thoughts on body positivity/shaming and the freedom of a nudist life? According to CocktailsAndCockTalk, there is.

Their NSFW site discovered that nude videos of Lonsdale have made their way onto the internet and they make the assumption that both could be publicity stunts or at the very least related.

Did Lonsdale post this Instagram picture to get people talking about his body there instead of elsewhere online? Did he post as a reaction to the leak and to share that he’s not ashamed of being seen naked?

We don’t know, but we’re sure you all have your own opinions on the matter. So, head over to this NSFW link and see what you really think.

NY Photographer Presents Hot & Diverse Ken Dolls To Our Loving Eyes

We’ve got another cool Instagram artist to share with you all, and this time it’s a photographer.

Courtney Charles is a New York-based photographer who’s using his inner child to inspire his current work.

His new “Sexy Ken” series depicts a group of men made up to look like they’re Ken dolls.

While the smoothed out features and hollow ligaments done through makeup already leaves a major wow factor, Charles says that wasn’t all he wanted for the project. He says he wanted to present a diverse image of male beauty.

“With the Ken series, I hope to show that there isn’t just one common ideal for the modern man,” Charles explained to Out Magazine. “Regardless of who you are, you can still be the ‘plastic-perfect’ version of yourself.”

He went further to say:

"Breaking down stereotypes has been a major factor in choosing the proper Ken theme. A black astronaut, an Asian cowboy, etc. For other Ken models, it has been a matter of embracing what one may consider a stereotype, but what in actuality is an integral facet of that model’s identity. For example, for an Indian child, who incredible would it be had there been an attractive Bollywood Ken doll that your parents could have purchased?”

We have to admit, the racial diversity that Courtney Charles brought to the project is uplifting, and it certainly won him some brownie points from us.

If you want to see many of the Instagram photos for yourself, you can check them out below.


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h/t: Out Magazine

Viral Instagram Post Shows Church Goers Giving Hugs To Austin Pride Paraders Who Need It

Austin Pride may have finished up, but Instagram users are still talking about it thanks to a heartfelt post from a Texas church member.

According to Pink News, Jen Hatmarker, a religious writer who has faced backlash for her support of LGBTQ people and her opposition to President Donald Trump, organized a free hug “giveaway.” This “giveaway” saw church goers attend the Pride parade and offered hugs to anyone who wanted them.

She then created an Instagram post about the event, shared several photos of these now famous huggers, and shared an endearing message about the moment.


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“Our arms were never empty. We ‘happy hugged’ a ton of folks, but dozens of times, I’d spot someone in the parade look our way, squint at our shirts and posters, and RACE into our arms. These were the dear hearts who said:”

‘I miss this.’
‘My mom doesn’t love me anymore.’
‘My Dad hasn’t spoken to me in three years.’
‘Please just one more hug.’

“You can only imagine what ‘Pastor Hugs’ did to folks. So we told them over and over that they were impossibly loved and needed and precious. And we hugged until our arms fell off. This is what we are doing here, what we are here for.”

There are plenty of wonderful moments that happen at Pride parades across the globe, but its good to focus on a specific sweet one like this every now and then.

h/t: Pink News