“I’m sorry that I hurt people,” he added Thursday night. “I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
The controversy over the tweets began earlier this week following the announcement that the Night School actor would host the upcoming Academy Awards. Some of the tweets dating back years were deleted, but screenshots revealed several posts using anti-gay language and repeated use of the words “fag” and “homo.” (X)
DID SOMEONE SAY * CRACKS KNUCKLES *#BIWEEK !?
let’s do this.
Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay and BuzzFeed is committed to supporting the cause by spreading awareness, creating communities, and providing help to anyone struggling.
Fittingly, this year’s WSPD theme is “Working Together To Prevent Suicide” and we would be remiss not to think critically about how we can use BuzzFeed’s platform to support that mission. Everyone has a role they can play in suicide prevention, and here’s what we hope BuzzFeed’s can be:
• We will continue to publish expert-backed mental health content that helps our readers develop coping mechanisms, gives them hope, and encourages them to seek the help and treatment they need.
• We will lift up stories both personal and newsworthy to encourage conversation, increase understanding, or to make people feel less alone.
• We will continue to adhere to the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide to reduce potential harm.
• We will provide avenues for social connection — an important aspect of suicide prevention — between our readers, such as through our FaceBook groups Page Turners and Room of Requirement, our BuzzFeed Community, and forthcoming programs.
The national conversation about trans identity and community tends to focus on the newest crop of trans youth. But why don’t we hear about older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals who manage to overcome the at times seemingly impossible odds and survive — and thrive — in America?
Photographer Jess Dugan’s latest project To Survive on This Shore aims to bring attention to those voices. For over five years, Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre have traveled across the United States photographing and interviewing older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals to ensure their stories, largely untold, are finally shared. See more here (x)
Music, to me personally, is like my heartbeat. I think without it I wouldn’t be able to live. I think without it I wouldn’t be able to feel much. I think without it I wouldn’t be able to understand or tolerate as much. It’s so much a part of who we all are, the decisions that we make. That’s why it’s so important to be represented in music.
You don’t see representation on TV, music, radio, of people of the trans experience — and that’s not the reality.
We’re here, we’re definitely queer, and we’re making music. We’re making art. We’re talented as hell. (x)