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Janelle Monáe, Cannes and gay identity

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Janelle Monáe comes out as pansexual

Surprising no one who has watched her hyper-queer coded music videos, pop musician Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Kenya bans Cannes film

Kenya’s first feature film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival will not be allowed in Kenya itself, after the government decided the movie “promotes lesbianism.” [Associated Press]

Hong Kong and Beijing disagree over foreign judges

Canada’s former top judge, Beverley McLachlin, is on track to be appointed to a temporary seat on Hong Kong’s top court, but Beijing has concerns over her support for gay rights. [South China Morning Post]

Is the gay identity over?

The once meaningful gay identity has been scattered to the winds, writes Frank Bruni at the New York Times. Not so, says Neal Broverman at the Advocate; it’s just evolved.

Three gay sex workers attacked in Germany

After an attack by masked men with crowbars, one gay sex worker is in critical condition and two are injured in the German city of Cologne. [Gay Star News]