Why Pokémon Are Queer

There were 151 original Pokémon when the game first debuted in the late 1990s. But we all know the real question on your mind — how many of the Pokémon are totally, indisputably, canonically queer?

In this video, two of INTO’s very own take a closer look at some of your favorite little monsters and ask the tough questions. Is Pikachu gay? Is Squirtle dealing with toxic masculinity? Is Jigglypuff actually Kurt from Glee?

Pillow Talk: Celebrity Hairstylist Eric Leonardos on Taking Responsibility for Your Health

In the first installment of Pillow Talk, hairstylist/makeup artist/activist Eric Leonardos tells host Jen Richards about his decision to take treatment for HIV, and getting to undetectable status. To those afraid of getting tested, he says: “Get over it. If you’re going to be sexually active, you owe it to yourself and to another person to be responsible for your own health care.”

With products from Gilead, Leonardos says, “You can still be and have and live and do all the things that you ever wanted before you were HIV positive.”

Donald Trump Loses the Lip Sync For His Life to ‘God Bless America’

Someone tell Donald Trump to sashay away.

 

Tuesday afternoon, president Donald Trump appeared in a patriotic White House ceremony meant to replace a reception celebrating the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles. Trump previously canceled the event via Twitter. Trump claimed the disinvitation sprouted from the fact that not all the Eagles would be attending but, in a racist dog whistle, also accused the players of not respecting the military for kneeling during the national anthem.

Along with the cancellation, Trump scheduled a patriotic shindig meant to honor the troops. However, during the ceremony, Trump’s patriotism didn’t shine through. During the ceremony, Trump joined members of the military onstage to sing “God Bless America.” However, Trump pulled a Valentina and … didn’t know the words.

Trans Drag Queens Make Drag Better

While at RuPaul’s DragCon in L.A., INTO asked several of the show’s most beloved contestants (past and present) what they believe trans queens contribute to drag. As Aja opens with, “I think they contribute the drag to drag.”

Old Gays Try New Gay Slang

Bill, Robert, and Mick — a trio of self-described “old” gays — stopped by INTO to test their knowledge of the latest gay slang. They may not be “gaybys,” but they’ll still have to “werk” to pass this exam.

Watch them prove that you don’t need to know a “bop” from bebop to offer sage advice to a younger generation: “You guys are watching too much RuPaul.”

This Trans Teen And His Supportive Mom Offer Tips For Parents Of Trans Kids

Trans teen activist James Van Kuilenburg and his mom,Nicola, stopped by INTO to share some tips for parents of trans kids.

“Ilove my relationship with my mother because it’s changed so much over the years,”James says in the video. “We’re both open to criticism and likebeing able to grow with each other.”

Among their suggestions, Nicola offers: “Don’t expect your child to educate you.”She shares that after James came out to her,she reached out to other parents of trans children and did her own research.

“Engage in selfless communication!” James says, and positssome affirming and effective ways for parents to speak to their children in supportive ways.

 

 

Bisexual People Aren’t Sh*tty.

Kirsten King is tired of bisexual stereotypes, including the general idea that bisexuals are selfish and shitty to date.In The Bi Agenda, the bisexual writer breaks down why the people that perpetuate these persistent myths are, well, full of shit.

Watch Bears Try Voguing For the First Time

Have you ever seen a bear do a duck walk?

When you think of voguing, the queer dance art that originated in the New York City ball scene, you probably think of quick, stylized movement and agile bodies moving around at a breakneck pace. And we’re here to prove that anyone can vogue.

In this original video,INTObrought in professional vogue instructor Eric Sanchez, who has worked with Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, to work with three queer men of size, AKA bears, to show that vogue is accessible to people of all body types. From old way to new way to catwalks and duckwalks, these bears put in the time and sweat needed to serve. And damn, they look good.