Watch: LGBTQ couples to keep holding hands, even when it’s uncomfortable

Public displays of affection aren’t an easy thing for the LGBTQ community, even down to the simplest things such as holding hands.

That’s the subject of a heartfelt ad by an Australian bank ANZ, which consists of various couples “letting go” when encountering the looks of other people in public.

Encouraging them to keep holding hands even when it feels uncomfortable to do so, the ad has an accompanying hashtag, #HoldTight.

And yes, while it might be just an ad, the campaign has inspired some people to do just that.

“This highlights the daily pressures that the LGBTIQ community faces,” Terese Casu, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, said in a statement.

“It’s a simple and loving gesture to hold your partner’s hand, however for fear of discrimination, and experiences in violence and abuse the reality is that many in the community still don’t feel safe. We love the awareness that ANZ is raising about this issue for the community.”

The bank has long shown its support for the LGBTQ community, with its rebranded GAYTM automatic teller machines and glammed-up branches during Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

But the bank’s also been accused of pinkwashing in previous years, with some community members saying they “cash in” on the rising support for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/anz-ad-hold-hands-mardi-gras/

The ‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ correspondent whose clever commentary you need to see

Nazeem Hussain is one of the correspondents for Bill Nye’s upcoming Netflix show.
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Bill Nye has a new talk show coming to Netflix called Bill Nye Saves The World, and along with it comes a new team of correspondents.

The team features the likes of Karlie Kloss, Derek Muller and Emily Calandrelli, but it’s Australia’s Nazeem Hussain you really, really need to familiarise yourself with.

A Melbourne guy of Sri Lankan descent, Hussain’s a proud Muslim and having studied science at university, it’s a solid bet he’ll bring the strong banter to Bill Nye’s show.

A fixture of the country’s stand up comedy scene for ages and a host of a few television shows, Hussain is acclaimed for challenging stereotypes and mistruths around race and religion with clever social commentary, boundary-pushing public pranks, over-the-top characters and affecting personal stories.

You might’ve seen him around as his character, Uncle Sam.

Uncle Sam is Hussain’s character who presents as a stereotypical Muslim cleric, first appearing on the hilarious TV show Salam Caf. Here he is visiting the majority anglo-saxon Melbourne suburb of Frankston, to see what they “know” about Muslims.

Or impersonating Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

He’s a master of incredible skits on his show, Legally Brown.

But he’s also an excellent stand-up comedian too. Both on his own…

And as one half of stand-up duo ‘Fear of a Brown Planent’ alongside fellow comedian Aamer Rahman.

While Hussain will be saving the world soon with Bill Nye, he was saving taxi drivers first.

Or showing how hard people try not be racist… kinda.

And alongside fellow Australian export, The Daily Show’s Ronny Chieng, he’s been teaching people how to dance…like a white guy.

In conclusion: Get ready to fall in love with Nazeem Hussain, world. That is, if you weren’t already.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/14/nazeem-hussain-comedian-bill-nye-correspondent/