Lana Wachowski has confirmed the return of the show for a 2-hour special finale
After getting canceled by Netflix, shortly after the release of its second season, Sense8 is now getting a last-minute stay of execution in the form of a two-hour special. It will air in 2018, as by its creator Lana Wachowski on the show’s Facebook page:
The facebook post received hundreds of thousands of likes and reactions as well as shares
It is believed that, despite the overwhelming amount of viewers that the TV show had received, the production cost was amongst one of the highest in the world, estimated at $9 million dollars per episode, which may have contributed to the cancelation.
However, at this point, and paraphrasing Lana, it seems like nothing’s been said and there’s a big chance we might see more sense8 in the future.
By Ellie Van Leeuwen for Girl Things (@elliehopeauthor on Twitter & Facebook)
NC, United States — As the death toll left by hurricane Matthew raises to 33, with 17 deaths in the state of North Carolina alone, Governor Pat McCrory keeps using public funds to harass, intimidate and push his anti-LGBT agenda further, instead of helping the victims of the hurricane.
Buzzfeed reports that, as Hurricane Matthew approached the coast of North Carolina on Friday, Governor Pat McCrory spent the night on stage, with far-right religious leaders, asking them to support the discriminatory, anti-LGBT legislation known as House Bill 2 or HB2.
While emergency services in North Carolina were overwhelmed, and the death toll raised in the state —inlcuding the fatal shooting of a motorist, who was driving through a flooded area– McCrory was recorded telling the far-right christian audience: “You have five weeks, or four-and-a-half weeks, to speak out in North Carolina.”
“I don’t agree with the concept of redefining gender, let your congregations and your businesses, and everyone else know. Are there people behind this issue or not? We’re going to find out.” He added.
While the governor was using public funds to host a meeting with hateful groups, the citizens of North Carolina were far from happy, and this was not due to any bathroom hysteria.
A Greenville resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We have no power. The cash is going to be running out. We’ve already got street vendors hawking water, Cokes and cigarettes. Cigarettes are at seven bucks a pack,” they said. “It’s nuts here, and it’s going to get worse.”
Last week, Andrew Bieszad, a writer for the right-wing religious site Shoebat, explained that “Hurricane Matthew had nothing to do with climate change, instead, it’s God’s way of punishing people for hosting an LGBT parade in Florida” in the memory of the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre.”
In spite of Mr. Bieszad’s claims, most of the reported casualties are in the state of North Carolina, one of the very few states in America where religious persecution and discrimination is not only legal, but also encouraged by their current administration.
“When I found out that gay marriage was illegal in Australia, I was astounded,” said Sasse, who launched the “Say I Do Down Under”campaign at the weekend.
“I simply can’t fathom on any level, whether it’s moral or religious or anything, that I have the right to get married and to marry the person that I love and that somebody else doesn’t because of their sexual orientation.” He added.
“Have you ever been in love? Are you in love? Could you imagine yourself there one day?
Imagine too then, having your government deny you that right — what if you couldn’t marry that person. Your person. ” the campaign states.
Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, introduced a legislation last month to allow a public, non-binding vote on same-sex marriage early next year. The Telegraph reports
However, the February 11th plebiscite has been denounced by critics as a waste of public funds as it would have no legal weight and the parliament would ultimately have the final decision. Critics also say it would spur a highly divisive debate.
Americans are still divided on transgender rights and identity.
A new study, carried out by Pew Research Centre, revealed that almost half of respondents said transgender people should be required to use the restroom of the gender assigned to them at birth, with only 51 per cent of respondents supporting transgender people’s choice.
These polls reveal just how unsettled these issues are in American culture. Earlier this year, for example, the state of North Carolina passed a discriminatory, statewide piece of legislation, despite opposition from the Department Of Justice. This legal change effectively bans transgender people from using the bathroom matching their gender identity.
It seems that, for many Americans, the separation of gender from sex is still a relatively new concept.
The Pew Survey revealed that less than 30 per cent of respondents said that they knew somebody personally who identified as transgender, in contrast to 87 per cent who said they knew somebody who was gay, bisexual or lesbian.
Because being transgender is about identity and not sexuality, many people outside the LGBT community are confused as to what being transgender actually means.
Many transgender people are also gay, lesbian or bisexual, and also part of the LGBT umbrella. However, being transgender is about someone’s gender not being in alignment with the one assigned to them at birth. As an example: It is entirely possible for a transgender person to be transgender and not be interested in sexuality at all.
The good news is, there seems to be a growing trend of acceptance amongst the general population. If we take into account data from two years ago, where 80 per cent of the population considered that transgender people should stick to the bathrooms corresponding with the gender they were assigned at birth, it’s reasonable to confirm that transgender acceptance has grown by 29 per cent in these last two years.
The future King visited Hammersmith Academy to take part in a session with pupils to provide practical tips in order to prevent anti-LGBT bullying, and cyber bullying.
Prince William, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, took part in a training session involving over 50 young people from across London, at the Cathnor Road school, which focussed on cyber-bullying and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying. According to Get West London.
During his visit, the Duke also saw how Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are taught to recognise signs of bullying and how they can encourage victims to seek help and speak out about their concerns.
Joining a session on LGBT issues, the students were asked how they would react to homophobic bullying. The Duke of Cambridge mentioned that he would confront the bullies and comfort the victims.
The Diana Award was set up in memory of The Duke of Cambridge’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. It is committed to empowering thousands of young people to tackle social issues that affect other young people using a well-tested peer-led approach.
Pastor Anderson is America’s most dangerous radical religious leader. He claims, among other things, that he can cure the world of AIDS by stoning homosexuals to death.
In a sermon, last year, he said: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. That, my friends, is the cure for AIDS.”
He also celebrated the death of the 49 victims of Orlando earlier this year, telling his followers: “The good news is that there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles. That’s who was a victim here… just a disgusting homosexuals [sic] at a gay bar.”
He had since been planning to hold an event in Johannesburg, South Africa, but last week, South African government banned him from entering the country, CNN Reports.
Earlier this week, he was also banned from entering the United Kingdom, where he was meant to connect his flight to Africa.
Patagonia, Argentina — A Catholic nun helps homeless transgender sex workers getting off the streets and provides them with jobs and free housing.
Monica Astroga is a nun of the Discalced Carmelites order. She realised many transgender sex workers in Patagonia were struggling to find jobs, housing, and accessing basic healthcare.
Recently she received a letter from Pope Francis, who congratulated her for her work and encouraged her to keep working with the local transgender community.
She has been working with homeless transgender women for the last 9 years, including them in the activities of the church and providing them with free housing, access to healthcare, a sewing workshop and the ability to learn different skills, such as cooking, hairdressing and sewing.
“One day, one woman came to me and said: Sister, there’s a transvestite in the church. What is she doing here?
She is a transgender woman. What are you doing here? I replied.
A few days later, the woman apologised to me and greeted the transgender woman with a hug.”
Many of these transgender women do not receive palliative care in hospital. The majority of these women have terminal illnesses and hospitals only treat the symptoms of the illness and try to make them comfortable. However, they are normally discharged when they have just a few days left to live.
In an Interview, Monica tells us that initially, all that these girls asked for was a clean bed where they could lay down to sleep and die in peace. “It was heartbreaking to hear that.” She added.
Monica tells us that the girls are working very hard. “They are trying very hard to integrate into the labour market.” She said.
They are, in her own words, very intelligent and capable, but our society treats them very badly.
“It is us the ones who force them into sex work by denying them opportunities. If our society changes their mind [about them], we will be able to help them. I want to continue helping getting them off the streets, the addictions to drugs and alcohol.”
“Transgender women are sisters. They are God’s daughters.” She added.
Under Argentina’s Identity act (2012) transgender people are able to legally use public bathrooms corresponding with the gender they identify with, as well as accessing free healthcare, hormone treatment and reassignment surgeries. A large number of transgender people still struggle with the social stigma, the bullying and harassment, despite being protected under law.