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Film Review: Life-Size 2!

Film Review: Life-Size 2!


Tyra Banks Ups The LGBTQ Inclusivity!

Like most gay Millennials, the moment I heard iconic Tyra Banks was creating a sequel to Disney’s Life-Size, I was squirming in my seat! As a little gay nine-year-old and an obsessive Lindsay Lohan fan, the original gave me absolute life growing up. Which flamboyant kid didn’t want to be Barbie, let alone see a mock version of her come to life on film? I was gagging over Banks confirming Lohan would indeed reprise her role as the young girl most related to in the first film, but then was a little disappointed that Lohan’s duty to film a reality show about her Mykonos club prevented her from appearing. Lohan’s original character is given a handful of shout outs throughout the sequel, but alas, she may have been blessed to sit out this time.


Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve is pretty lifeless if you’re looking at it as a movie for adults. It’s cheesy, unimaginable, there are plenty of plot holes, and many breakings of the fourth wall. Yet, if Millennials and critics would actually take a seat and understand this movie is for children, it can easily be enjoyed by anyone.


The film surrounds Grace Martin (Francia Raisa) as a spoiled, alcoholic, party girl who makes bad decisions and is alluded to being sexually fluid. She performs a seance to "raise" Banks’ Eve from her favorite doll to a human. Eve surprises Grace by waking up in her bed and Grace believes she had a one-night stand with a woman, something neither her friends or herself gives a second glance at because Grace is an alcoholic. She has more problems. Her mother, the creator of the Eve Dolls, is in jail and the toy company wants to discontinue Eve since she isn’t relating to modern kids. Yes, it’s so bizarre that it randomly works.


In typical fairytale fashion, Grace’s alcohol problems are qui​ckly resolved with no real explanation, her mother is released from jail, and she eventually ends up with a hunky (male) neighbor as her primary love interest. After befriending her kid/neighbor, Grace decides to befriend a handful of children and learn what the whiny kids of today want: Inclusivity! Grace releases a new line of Eve Dolls with the help of her new teeny-tiny friends, and creates Woke Eve, Curvalicious Eve (with freckles!), Quarterback Eve, Love is Love Eve, and CEO Eve. Yes, you read that correctly: Curvalicious Eve. There’s some obstacles the characters overcome and seem to do so flawlessly within minutes in over the top Tyra-Banks-esque fashion, but again, this film isn’t for adults, except for a few big details.


Why Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve is characterized as a children’s film doesn’t really make sense. I was comforted to find so many incidences of LGBTQ inclusivity. Above, I mentioned the main character Grace believes she had sex with a woman and doesn’t care or kick her out of her home. Grace’s friends don’t blink an eye that she had sex with a woman upon meeting Eve, leading us to believe this probably happened before.


Speaking of Grace’s friends, openly-gay actor, Hank Chen, portrays Grace’s best friend and assistant, Brendan, who is dating one of Grace’s male colleagues. Grace and Brendan have a conversation regarding sexting between the film’s gay couple, which I’m sure pissed a hell of a lot of conservative parents off! Gossip-Blogger, Perez Hilton, makes a cameo as himself at a house party which he is definitely too old to be attending, but he’s there nonetheless. These little tidbits of normalizing LGBTQ relationships was great, but one particular character made me want to just *die* upon seeing him, in a good way.


Finally, I got to see a version of my childhood self on film! Life-Size 2 deserves an award for their portrayal of Milo (Niland Aran) who is one of Grace’s kid-neighbor’s best friend. It isn’t said, because it’s so apparent, but little Milo is a gay 10-year-old who is hanging out with only girls, obsessed with the Eve (nee: Barbie) dolls, and is even invited to participate in an all-girl sleepover where they pillow fight, dance, and think of ways to make Eve more, 2018. It is because of Milo that Eve gets many revamps, including a Love is Love Eve Doll, who sports rainbow attire as an extreme shout out to the LGBTQ community.


We all know Banks is a huge supporter of the gay community, but to have her really give a nod to little gay boys and girls who’d be watching Life-Size 2 was heartwarming and makes this film one to watch. We all know Eve’s motto, “Shine Bright, Be A Star”, and I’m pretty sure any flamboyant, gay boy watching this movie is going to feel just that upon its finish. Thanks Tyra!

Thinking About Having A Gay Wedding? Challenges Of Planning For That Special Day In A Conservative State.

Thinking About Having A Gay Wedding?

Planning our gay wedding in Arizona gave my fiancé, Nick and I a big dose of nervousness. It is not a shocker or a big surprise that the beautiful, 48th state leans more on the conservative side of politics. Much of our hesitation was focused on how we were going to be treated by wedding venues, bakeries, florists, and other vendors that would help bring our special day to life. Yes, that is something two future gay grooms or two brides-to-be need to think about. During the beginning stages of our wedding planning, we definitely wondered where and if we would feel comfortable. I wish I had screen shot my Google search when figuring out where to get married in Arizona. There are a ton of gorgeous resorts but figuring out which ones were accepting was our biggest question. We should not have to think about these kinds of things, but that is exactly how we felt – especially with where the tone of the country is at the moment. I was also dealing with my own anxiousness because a lot of old emotions started to creep back. Having our wedding in the state where I was picked on for being different and bullied for being gay played a big part in my worries.

The Supreme Court marriage equality ruling certainly made a tremendous mark not too long ago, and we are incredibly grateful for the freedom fighters that helped make that happen. It's obviously a comforting (and legal) component to us. The ruling, though, is still fresh in my opinion, and it does not completely wash away discrimination or hate. You still hear news stories from across the country about gay couples or people in the LGBT community being discriminated against. So, right from the start, we were not 100% sold with an Arizona wedding. Flying away to San Francisco or Hawaii and just getting eloped was looking like the easier decision.

However, in the past few months, there have been some incredible people that have helped cool down our worries and motivated us to not only have a wedding in Arizona, but also celebrate the message that “love is love.” This meant that Nick and I needed to adjust our mindset, kick down any negative thought about not feeling comfortable, and appreciate the love we have for Arizona. It is indeed a special place, especially for me who was raised here, graduated from Arizona State University, worked at the ABC News affiliate, and has family roots in Phoenix. When I left Arizona many years ago to pursue a career in Los Angeles, I promised myself to do my best to be a good example for the younger LGBT generation back home. When I started to get an even larger writing platform, I made it my duty to inspire more people around the world. Much of the messages in my articles are told through my own personal struggles, but also discuss the impact on the people that are in my life, and the random acts of kindness from others that help me put life into perspective.

For example, I need to share with you how touching it was that both my father and Nick’s father, who happen to carry the same name (and a name that Nick and I share as middle names), truly convinced us to move forward with having an Arizona wedding celebration. Our mothers always had the wedding vote, but hearing both our dads wanting us to bring our families and friends together to watch us say, “I do!” was one of the best feelings in the world. If you are a gay man, you probably appreciate the father connection and the powerful joy behind their acceptance. But, one of the most beautiful moments came last month when we posted our formal engagement photo on my Instagram page. It brought the entire Arizona wedding decision full circle. After seeing our picture and reading my articles online, I was contacted by a Scottsdale, Arizona florist by the name of Julie who owns Juliet Le Fleur. Her family has been in the flower and event planning business since 1883 and has done over 3,000 weddings to date. As I read through my Instagram comments on the engagement photo, she replied with “I want to do your flowers!” That later turned into an even more magical conversation between us.

Julie was inspired by the openness I share in my articles and my mission to provoke more positivity into the world. She was also surprised to hear that Nick and I will be the first gay couple to get married at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Arizona. It is a true staple in the Scottsdale area that has been around since 1976, so she is excited to be part of a little local history and wanted to donate her flowers! The best part is that Julie wants our upcoming wedding to symbolize her support for marriage equality and let it be known that all couples are welcome in her store.

So, whether you are a gay couple that is looking to tie the knot, or simply a supporter of the LGBT community, I hope you continue to follow our wedding journey through Instinct Magazine and my social outlets. Let us always motivate each other through our own stories, openness, and willingness to live outside of our comfort zone. We need to make our own individual marks, support each other and continue to bring the message that “love is love” to life!

With Gratitude,

Matt Jacobi



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Jacobi is a writer and COO for an award-winning creative agency. Jacobi has been a voice of truth on various world topics such as women’s rights, religion, mental health, bullying and equality. His current mission is to get more men to stand with women so that they can work together to make equality more of a reality. Jacobi was inspired to be an advocate for women’s rights since the birth of his two nieces.

Jacobi previously worked side by side with international entrepreneurs traveling the globe and assisting in bringing their various brands to life. This experience allowed him to work alongside New York City’s top publishing company, Simon & Schuster and PR powerhouse, Rubenstein Public Relations.

His earlier career began in television after graduating from Arizona State University where he landed his first job at ABC News in Phoenix, Arizona. He later made the move to Hollywood where he worked at the celebrity news show, E! News. Shortly after, The Style Network went on to feature him in a television wedding special capturing his lifestyle expertise. Jacobi continued his on-camera career as a television personality where he starred in two reality shows for the E! Network.

You can follow his daily adventures by visiting MattJacobi.com.

When A Major CEO Steps Up & Says Being Gay 'is God's greatest gift to me' Are People Listening? We Are!

Are you proud to be gay? When you celebrate pride, are you saying you are proud to be who you are or are you just looking for acceptance.  I think there is a difference and Tim Cook puts a spotlight on his thoughts once again.

Four years ago, Tim Cook became the first CEO of a major company to come out as gay. He says he's happy about that distinction — and his decision.

"I'm very proud of it," the Apple (AAPL) CEO told Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in an exclusive interview for her program on CNN International and PBS. Being gay is "God's greatest gift to me," he said. - cnn.com

 

We need more people to come out and say more than "just please accept me" but more so, hey, you're proud of who you are, we can be proud of ourselves, too. Here's the CNN.com clip. 

 

 

 

And I did say that Tim Cook put the spotlight on himself once again, because it is not his first time making these statements. We were there front and center to shoot this video at LOVELOUD Music Festival. 

 

 

So, back to you.  Are you proud to be gay? Do you show your pride at Pride?  Or are you more someone who just goes with the flow?

Related posts:

LOVELOUD 2018 - When In Utah, Let The Rainbow Flag Fly High

Apple Becomes 1st $1 Trillion Company. Tim Cook's LOVELOUD Speech Making Him More Visible Than Ever?

h/t: CNN.com

Troye Sivan Helped A Gay Proposal At His NYC Concert

Looks like gays are falling in love with the idea of proposing at concerts, and pop stars love it too.

While Christina Aguilera helped two gay men with their second proposal not too long ago, Troye Sivan is the pop singer helping gay men this time.

Out singer Sivan helped a fan named Judah propose to his boyfriend Daniel while giving his New York Radio City Music Hall concert.

“A nice Jewish boy!” said Sivan as Daniel walked up to the stage towards his now fiancé.

Scenes like this one are becoming more common by the day. We can imagine why. Not only will the act get sites like Instinct writing about these events, but they will also show the singer’s political stance on LGBTQ rights and love.

But is that bad? Straight couples have proposed on stage for decades before this, so seeing more gay couples doing the same is only fair play. While certainly some singers, and their marketing teams, may use this as a soft publicity stunt, there’s no real harm or exploitation in it either.

At the end of the day, a new gay couple is engaged and that’s nothing short of beautiful.

Love Is In The Air & Wedding Bells Will Chime For One Of Our Own

Taking the leap into marriage is a beautiful journey that is one we love to share on Instinct Magazine. And when it is one of our own? Well, ring those bells!

E! reality television personality (Giuliana & BillThe Drama Queen) and Contributing Writer for Instinct Magazine, Matt Jacobi and his fiancé, Nick Caprio announced they will be getting married in the summer of 2019. The couple has been together for 11 years after they met in Chicago, Illinois.  When Matt and Nick become husbands in front of the over 150 family members and close friends, their ceremony will be the first time a same sex couple has been married at The Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

When Matt stated they had not shared their formal engagement pictures yet, I said, let's do it!

We're looking forward to seeing more photographs of the happy couple come Summertime in Scottsdale.  If you want to see more weddings we have covered on Instinct, here are a handful.

Gay Boys Everywhere Can Now Dream Of Their Own Fairy Tale Wedding. Here's Two To Get Those Dreams Started.

ABC’s Gio Benitez Marries Fiancé Tommy DiDario In Miami

When A Wedding Becomes More Than Just A Celebration For The Happy Couple.

Chicago Couple Gets Married with Toy Story Themed Wedding

Hawaii Throws Surprise Wedding For Gay Military Couple

Fort Lauderdale Celebrates "Love is Love" With 100 Couples At Sunrise Wedding On Beach.

And if you have a great wedding story to share or photos or video, send them in to customerservice@instinctmagazine.com . It's always a pleasure to share such great news with others and we'd love to compile some of our readers' wonderful days.

The Sister & Gay Brother Connection - One Powerful Bond

Like many of you reading this article, growing up was a big challenge for me. Not every hard time had to do with me being gay because I really had no idea what that even meant. It was more about realizing I was different from the other boys and having to deal with not fitting into that perfect boy box of masculinity. I was very quiet, shy and gravitated more towards things that my sisters were into. As a little guy, my older sister, Jackie did a lot of the talking for me. We are 11 months apart and share the same age for almost a week. I was born premature, which made us not only “Irish Twins,” but also instant best friends straight from gate. Jackie looked like Shirley Temple, with big curly hair and the cutest personality to go with it. If you look at our picture from when we were both young, you would think that we were actual twins. We loved playing together, Barbies were our favorite and every once in awhile we would let our other sister, Amy play with us, but she would have to first put money into a piggy bank that we left outside the bedroom door. It was sort of her entry fee. My little brother was too young and certainly had no interest in taking part in our “New Kids On The Block” dolls meets “Barbie And The Rockers” extravaganza. Our playtime would come to a quick end when we would hear the sound of the garage door go up because we knew that meant our dad was home from work. My sisters and I made a pact to never tell our dad I was playing with Barbies. That was just not what boys did back in the day. 

The older I grew up, I tried to come into my own but had the challenge of being picked on because I still continued to be really scrawny and soft spoken. Going to school was often a nightmare because I would be teased for “sounding like a girl,” “talking like a girl,” and “running like a girl.” So, I decided to stay quiet and pray that my voice would deepen. I can’t tell you how many times someone would call the house and I would pick up the phone with an immediate response of, “Hello, Mrs. Jacobi?” I hated the sound of my voice and could not blame anyone because it truly was sky high and there was nothing I could do about it.  My sister, Jackie always had my back though and has continued to be a great support in my life. 

 

Recently, when my fiancé, Nick and I picked a wedding date and started to iron out all the details, one of my first tasks was asking Jackie to be my “Best Woman.” Maid of Honor just did not seem like the right title for her, and we have certainly made it a point to shake up the traditional parts of our upcoming celebration. 

 

It is so wild to me how life comes full circle and that even the darkest of times start to turn into lessons learned or bleeps on our own individual radars. New memories start to take shape, and consistent moments of happiness turn into your reality, validating thoughts that life is indeed so very good. But most importantly, that with the right support, self-confidence and family connection - you can make even your biggest dreams come true. 

 

Last weekend, my mom, two sisters, Nick and I went shopping together. This was not your average shopping trip. We carved out a day where Nick and I could help my two sisters pick out dresses that they could wear to our wedding since both of them will be standing up during the ceremony. The shy, scrawny, high-pitched voice, Barbie-playing boy that is at the core of my soul was smiling proud that day.  

 

It took a lot of self-growth to get here and many obstacles to overcome, but it is the person that I am today and the people that have been with me along the way, which is most significant. I could not be more grateful for my two loving parents and my three siblings. I wish all the younger boys in the world reading this article understands that being different is not a bad thing, and that one day life will be filled with countless days of joy where they can be who they are and love who they want. 

 

With Love,

 

Matt Jacobi



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Jacobi is a writer and COO for an award-winning creative agency. Jacobi has been a voice of truth on various world topics such as women’s rights, religion, mental health, bullying and equality. His current mission is to get more men to stand with women so that they can work together to make equality more of a reality. Jacobi was inspired to be an advocate for women’s rights since the birth of his two nieces.

Jacobi previously worked side by side with international entrepreneurs traveling the globe and assisting in bringing their various brands to life. This experience allowed him to work alongside New York City’s top publishing company, Simon & Schuster and PR powerhouse, Rubenstein Public Relations.

His earlier career began in television after graduating from Arizona State University where he landed his first job at ABC News in Phoenix, Arizona. He later made the move to Hollywood where he worked at the celebrity news show, E! News. Shortly after, The Style Network went on to feature him in a television wedding special capturing his lifestyle expertise. Jacobi continued his on-camera career as a television personality where he starred in two reality shows for the E! Network.

You can follow his daily adventures by visiting MattJacobi.com.

@MattJacobi (Instagram.com/MattJacobi)
 

Matt Fishel Shares His New Love Song From A 'Proud and Happy 30-Something Gay Guy'

Award-winning UK recording artist Matt Fishel released his new live action video for I’m Totally Obsessed With Him, the fifth single from his new album, M/F.

I’m Totally Obsessed With Him is about crushing, fanboying, and obsession! The fun and fast-paced video features an array of characters and dancers in a variety of fun scenarios and eras, including: Matt with his early ‘90s demin squad; rocking a 1920s Speakeasy; frolicking in the Court of Versailles and fronting his full-scale rock band, with a frenetic throwback sax solo and ‘80s dance troupe thrown in for good measure!

 

Matt says:

“This video is a celebration of queerness, togetherness, fun, and pride. When I was planning the video, it was of the utmost importance to me to bring together and work with a diverse range of awesome and talented artists and crew members from across the LGBTQ+ communities, as well as people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. I believe passionately in diversity, inclusivity and equality and so I wanted to ensure this was represented both on screen and off.”

When we watched the video, we could definitely see the footage is a great mix of styles like '80s hair bands with Broadway with gay camp throwing that all up in the air and having it mix with the emotions that come along with young silly stupid love. The great energy in the song has us wanting to move about the house and think about those quirky times when we were all giddy with love. Ahhh, the memories.

 

 

There's a lot of stuff on the new album about life from my perspective as an out, proud and happy 30-something gay guy, working things out as I go along; politically passionate; in a beautiful relationship; embracing and exploring many aspects of LGBT life whilst on my journey. I have a lot to say with this album and a lot of commentary on society and the world around me as I perceive it, and I think you'll find it's overwhelmingly positive, upbeat and celebratory, with a little touch of melancholy thrown into the mix every now and then. But the overall tone is definitely one of joy and the songs are filled with positive energy and celebration. I can’t wait to finally share these new songs with the world.”Matt Fishel on M/F

What are your thoughts on I’m Totally Obsessed With Him?  Does it get you moving around and remember when your hear was a pitter patter over someone?


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Here's Why We At Instinct Think #NationalGunclesDay Is So Special.

There is truly a holiday for anything and everything, even a day that celebrates men who enjoy so many aspects to being an uncle to their nephews and nieces.  The second Sunday in August marks #NationalGunclesDay, and we at Instinct couldn't be happier to celebrate this wonderful occasion!

It's great to celebrate this special day, to honor the ability to be able to spoil our siblings' offspring completely rotten while imparting some wisdom and knowledge in the hopes that it helps shape them as a person throughout life.  We thought it would be nice to have our Instinct Writers share their stories about why they celebrate this day.  Maybe it will inspire others to call their nieces and nephews a call to say, "I love you" as only a gay uncle or guncle can.


Adam Dupuis: Web Managing Editor at Instinct Magazine

I love being with my nieces and nephews.  They are five great kids from ages 10 to 25, raised by wonderful siblings and their partners.  When I make it back home to Maine and stay with my parents, my siblings are always finding out my schedule in order to make sure the rugrats have Uncle Adam time.  We're a very close family and the nieces and nephews add so much. Seeing them grow and become all very different little humans has been a joy.  One joined the military last year and is scheduled to be shipped off to Afghanistan in September while the another had Nana dye her hair green for back to school.  Even though I am 1500+ miles away, we make the time to remain a strong family.  I've been able to be a part of their Disney and Universal trips to Florida, too.  My straight single brother living in New Orleans and I are blessed two ways, one, because we have great kids to spoil and two, we are thankful that the older two siblings had kids for the pressure is off for us to procreate.


Matt Jacobi: Television Personality, Blogger and Contributor for Maria Shriver.

I was was inspired to be an advocate for women's rights since the birth of his two nieces, Natalie and Colette. It became my duty as a Guncle to bring light to the topic of female empowerment, so they could grow up in a world that is filled with equal opportunity and rights that support them to be leaders, bosses, and – yes, fighters. Freedom fighters, equality fighters, and human right fighters.


David Lopez: Contributing Writer for Instinct Magazine

At this juncture in my life, I'm not sure if I will ever have kids. I dream about it and discuss it with my partner, but we never really know if it will ever become a reality--and sometimes that brings me down. But wherever I am, the one thing that makes me smile is seeing or hearing from any of my nieces and nephews. I am a proud Guncle (yes, a gay uncle) to seven beautiful souls, each with their own unique personality that makes me hopeful of today's youth. My brothers and sister have done amazing jobs raising their kids and I often like to attribute that a little piece of each of their kids comes from their connection to me. I am the youngest in my family, so younger siblings was something I was never afforded. This is why I feel like my bond with nieces and nephews is so strong. It's why it is so important for me to go to recitals and plays, watch sporting events, attend award ceremonies, help with school projects, visit classrooms to read Dr. Seuss--it's important to me because even though they're not my kids--they ARE my kids. Catalina, Ivan, Isaiah, Cecilia, Bianca, Viviana, and Pilar are my little brothers and sisters--the ones I never got to nurture, the ones I never got to take to the movies or the amusement park or to their first concert.

In less than a month, they will all be present as I marry my partner of 11 years and I can honestly say that having them there means the world to me because for most of them, I was their age when I first got to hold them as newborns in the hospital. They have all been part of my journey and while I mentioned that a little bit of them is because of me, the truth is that a lot of me is because of them. They make me a better person, they remind me that while the world is upside down there is the love and laughter of children and the curiosity to grow and learn. I'm fortunate to be a Guncle because from this I have known mutual admiration, inspiration, and pure love


Ryan Shea- Contributing Writer for Instinct Magazine

There are a million reasons why I love being an uncle to my nephews Eddie and Lucas.  My sister and I lost our mother at a young age, and we both felt sort of lost after her passing.  When my sister had Eddie back in 2012, he became this life that was brought back into our hearts and souls for the first time in the 8 years since she passed.  It's an indescribable feeling to go from something that brought such sadness to an immense amount of joy and they are both reasons why I am so upbeat and happy after all this time.

I love spending every single moment with both of them, as they make me laugh hysterically, tire me out from chasing after them, and warm my heart when they give me a big hug.  Anytime I am in a down mood, I know that they will both cheer me up and realize what is really important in life, and to not sweat the small things that really shouldn't matter.  Love you Eddie and Lukie!! 


Mickey Keating: Contributing Writer for Instinct Magazine 

Being a Guncle means the world to me. While I'm an only child, my family has expanded to my LGBTQ friends as well as my best girlfriends who I've known since the beginning of time.

My niece, Bailee, just turned 2! She is my best girlfriends baby. She's the cutest, little thing in the world. It's bizarre just how small she is next to people and objects! I'm in California and she resides in Chicago. I'm unfortunately missing out on a lot of her early life. But, I'm looking forward to the day when she's able to tell anyone she meets that she has an esteemed writer uncle in Hollywood! I'll spoil the hell out of her!

She is so special to me. She's now my best girlfriends number one. She stole my place! Haha. I love her and how happy she's made everyone she encounters. We needed Bailee in our lives!


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Instagram's Removal of Same-Sex Kiss Due to "Community Guidelines" Sparks Fury

Instagram stirred up some hot water after removing a photo of a gay kiss for “violating community guidelines.”

The controversial pic in question? Photographer Stella Asia Consonni’s snap of long-term gay couple Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer smooching passionately, with the caption, “is pizza is the only thing better than love? [sic]”

Instagram’s removal sparked some immediate outrage. Among those who spoke out in support of Consonni were musicians Olly Alexander of Years and Years and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix.

Bowen wrote on his Instagram account:

“My relationship of seven years with @iamlucalucifer reduced to a Community Guideline. Earlier this was removed from @stellaasiaconsonni and flagged as inappropriate. @instagram spoon feeds us with rainbows and hashtags to appear in solidarity but it seems real people in love have no place here. Earlier this was removed from @stellaasiaconsonni and flagged as inappropriate. @instagram spoon feeds us with rainbows and hashtags to appear in solidarity but it seems real people in love have no place here.”

 

An Instagram spokesperson said in a statement: “This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated.”

“This is just a teeny tiny event in the grand scheme of things,” said Consonni once the photo was restored to her page, “but seeing all the amazing response certainly restored a little of my faith in humanity.”

“There is still a long way to go in the fight against homophobia,” she continues in another rainbow post. “This goes to all my beautiful friends that have to deal with this BS all the time.”

h/t: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/02/instagram-apologises-for-taking-down-gay-kiss-photo/

Flashback: Video Of Two Men Dancing Is Tugs at Our Hearts

We posted this last year in July, but with the weather getting warmer and us getting into summer loving mode soon!  But this looks more than just a summer fling.  There's emotion in those moves. We want what they have! 


Have a look see at what these two men are capable of conveying on the dance floor.

 

We have no idea if they are together, just dance partners, or just good friends having fun. 

What we do know is that it is beautiful, inspirational, and heartwarming. How can something this moving and uplifting be so wrong?

Thanks for bringing us a great moment of happiness to start our weekend.

And thanks to one of our readers for sharing the entire video seen below.

h/t: Disponivel.com

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