Rapper JAY-Z's mother marries her long-time partner, gender non-confirming actor Miss Benny lands a role on Netflix's "Glamorous" alongside Kim Cattrall, and did Disney Channel alum Alyson Stoner lose a job because of her queer identity?
JAY-Z's Mom Marries Long-time Female Partner
In 2017, JAY-Z revealed how his mother Gloria Carter came out to him as a lesbian in his track “Smile.”
“Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take,” JAY-Z rapped.
Now, Carter married her longtime life partner, Roxanne Wiltshire.
“Imagine having to live your life as someone else and you think you’re protecting your kids. For her to sit in front of me and tell me, ‘I think I love someone,’ I really cried … I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free,” JAY-Z said in 2018.
Miss Benny Stars In Netflix’s ‘Glamorous’
Miss Benny, left, with Kim Cattrall in "Glamorous." Courtesy Netflix.
Gender non-conforming activist and actor Miss Benny is starring in Netflix’s “Glamorous” that released on June 22.
“Glamarous” stars Miss Benny as Marco Mejia, a young gender non-conforming queer man whose life is difficult, especially through puberty. Marco eventually gets employed by Madolyn Addison, played by Kim Cattrall, where he has the chance to discover what he wants out of life and what it means to him to be LGBT.
The show has reached headlines for the wide-range of inclusivity for queer actors, but also for the stories of the LGBTQ community that aren’t often told.
“Glamorous” is available now, and binge-watching this show is highly recommended by many notable members of the LGBTQ community.
Alyson Stoner Fired For Being Queer?
Alyson Stoner. Courtesy Facebook.
Alyson Stoner, the notable Disney Channel star, came out as a member of the LGBT community in 2018, but has not specifically not put a distinct label on their sexuality.
Stoner recently opened up about how their queer identity has negatively impacted their career, claiming they were deemed “unsafe” after coming out.
Stoner was advised by their team of the risks of living authentically, but wanted to come out as they felt like it was “a disservice to her [Stoner’s girlfriend] for her to be hidden.”
“I did end up getting fired from a children’s show because they felt that I was unsafe -- now that they knew I was queer -- to be around kids,” said Stoner.
Stoner has refused to specify which TV program or network executives had let them go due to their queer identity.