5 things making us happy this week (13 April 2018)
Culture / / Apr 12, 2018
Here are five v.important things that are making us happy this week.
1. The love in China for Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung may not be a well-known name in the West, but for LGBTQ+ people in China, he is an icon.
Gay sex was only decriminalised in 1991 in China, but Leslie was one of the first celebrities in the country to come out as gay. He found huge fame as a singer and actor in the eighties.
This weeks marks the 15th year anniversary of his death. But the reaction in his homeland shows what an important person he was to the LGBTQ+ community in China. Even today, people gather at the hotel where he took his own life to mark his impact.
2. Janelle Monae’s vagina trousers (and everything about Pynk)
Janelle Monae is a one-woman sexual liberation machine. We don’t know what’s going on with her and Tessa Thompson, but what we do know is that she is absolutely slaying with her new music.
First Make Me Feel took us back to the eighties and now Pynk is an anthem for women of every sexuality. The video is stunning and the song is a sugar sweet taste of what Janelle’s cooking up for new album, Dirty Computer.
3. New love for Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is, for many people, the first transgender actress they saw on TV. She is a standout in Orange Is The New Black, where she became a household name for LGBTQ+ people and allies with great taste in TV.
But acting and being a role model can take up a lot of a woman’s time – which is probably why it’s only now she’s shared a photo of her new boyfriend on Instagram.
She told Access Hollywood in March 2018 about the man in her life, who she met on Tinder.
She said in a video interview that she finds love “incredibly healing.”
4. Mariah Carey’s honest discussion about mental health
Mental health is something everyone should talk about more. But it’s always special when it comes from someone who seems to have everything. And Mariah is a bit of a gay icon, so she’s one of ours.
In an interview with People magazine, she spoke of her fear at being exposed for struggling with bipolar disorder.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she tells the magazine.
“It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore.”
She is now on treatment for the disorder, and says she is channeling her energy into her work.
5. Early thinking about Eurovision
We’re still a month away from Eurovision 2018, but that doesn’t mean it’s not at the forefront of our minds.
This year boasts some of the strongest songs in years, and some of the strangest. Netta’s Toy, the early favourite to win, is full of chicken noises, for instance.
But if we’re voting with our hearts and not our heads, it’s Australia’s Jessica Mauboy that really does it for us. We Got Love is pure pop and like previous entries from our Aussie cousins, it has second place written all over it.