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Tolerance For LGBTQ People Drops For The First Time In Years

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The “Trump effect” is at work

As a gay person living in America, it's always fun to see stats about just how many people wish you were never born. Fortunately, over the years, these numbers have been getting lower and lower, until now. For the first time in years, according to a new poll commissioned by GLAAD, tolerance for LGBTQ people has decreased. Coincidentally, my tolerance for bigots has also decreased.

In the study, of 2,160 adult participants (1,897 of which classified themselves as non-LGBTQ), 49 percent said they were “very” or “somewhat” comfortable around LGBTQ people. This is down from the year before, when 53 percent said they felt this way.

And 30 percent of straight, cis respondents said they'd be “very uncomfortable or somewhat uncomfortable” if one of their family members came out as LGBTQ. This is up 3 percent from 2015 and 2016. They also said they'd feel uncomfortable if an LGBTQ person was at their place of worship, gave them medical treatment, or did something as innocuous as hold hands with their partner. 

Meanwhile, more LGBTQ people reported having been personally discriminated against, up 11 percent from the year before. 

These numbers are depressing, but not surprising given the "Trump effect." In addition to a rise in anti-LGBTQ sentiments, there's also been a rise in racism and anti-Semitism since Trump took office.

“In the past year, there has been a swift and alarming erosion of acceptance which can only be fought by being visible and vocal,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told NBC News. “This report puts numbers to the bias that too many LGBTQ Americans have recently experienced.”

John Gerzema, CEO of Harris Poll who conducted the new survey, told The Washington Post that 79 percent of respondents gave "the PC response," telling pollsters they support LGBTQ rights. Meanwhile, the number of people who admitted to being uncomfortable also rose, implying people are saying one thing, but feeling another. Gerzema sees this as Americans taking advantage of the fact that bigotry is becoming more tolerable in the mainstream, but not wanting to come across as bigots.

There's also been an alarming uptick in hate-related homicides against LGBTQ people in the past year, according to a report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Hate crimes that result in deaths of queer and trans people rose 86 percent in 2017, with 71 percent of the victims being people of color.

“2017 brought heightened rhetoric toward marginalized communities to the forefront of American culture," Ellis said. "Policies and headlines ran that were anti-LGBTQ including the President’s proposed ban on transgender people entering the U.S. military, confirmation of a Supreme Court justice opposed to marriage equality, and the passage of a state law in Mississippi which allows businesses to legally deny service to LGBTQ families."

She added that this latest report “can be seen as a dangerous repercussion in the tenor of discourse and experience over the last year.”

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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