Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in her famous blue and white gingham dress in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ surrounded by Cowardly Lion Bert Lahr, Scarecrow Ray Bolger and Tin Woodman Jack Haley. Photo Credit: Emerald Edition DVD Cover via Warner Brothers

Dorothy’s dress snags $1.56 million

The famous blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” was sold at auction on Nov. 23 for $1.56 million. The buyer was not identified.

The dress was expected to bring $800,000 to $1.2 million and was described as “bearing sweat stains around the neck.”

Surprisingly, Garland’s dress is not the most expensive “Wizard of Oz” memorabilia sold at auction. Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume brought in a hefty $3.1 million last year.

Garland’s dress was one of 10 made for the movie.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History owns Dorothy’s ruby slippers. The exhibit is one of the most popular in the museum’s collection.

[Ed. Note: Garland has long been considered a gay icon and the slang “Friend of Dorothy”  in years past became a code phrase used to identify one another as gay or lesbian.]

Mayor, police respond to attacks in Dallas gayborhood

A neighborhood in Dallas has been put on police lockdown after a dozen violent hate crimes against gay men and several robberies were reported.

The city’s Oak Lawn gayborhood has seen a frightening uptick in anti-gay bashings in recent months.

On Nov. 19, Geoffrey Hubbard became at least the 12th victim in three months of an anti-gay hate crime when he was bashed in the skull with a rock while walking to a friend’s house.

Rally for Change, a local organization, has been demanding increased police presence and better protection in the area for months.

“Survivors have been beaten with bats, stabbed with box cutters, pistol whipped and pummeled with fists,” the organization said in a statement. “In several of these attacks, homophobic language has been used by the assailants.”

The statement continued:

“For weeks DPD [Dallas Police Department] has promised an increased presence in the neighborhood. When pushed on the fact that such an increase has been spotty and largely invisible, DPD has pointed to officer shortages and has now even suggested that the protection provided by our tax dollars is not enough and that we should pay for expanded patrols by off-duty officers.”

In response to the most recent attack, the city is finally taking action. Oak Lawn has been put on “lockdown,” with police encouraging residents to be cautious and “take care of each other.”

Additionally, a group of “roughly a half dozen” officers have been assigned to the area instead of patrolling a larger beat.

On Nov. 20, Mayor Mike Rawlings also went door-to-door to help assure residents he is doing his best to address the issue and to let them know CrimeStoppers has increased its reward for information in the attacks from $5,000 to $10,000.

So far, there are still no leads on suspects in any of the assaults.

‘Zoolander 2’ no model for androgyny

Hitting theaters in February 2016, “Zoolander 2” has been long awaited by fans of the goofy original — but its new trailer isn’t sitting well with a lot of people.

The film features an androgynous character played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In the trailer, he’s asked by Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) if he’s “a male or female model” and is asked whether he has “a hot dog or a bun.”

Cumberbatch’s character then lets out a giggle and says: “Whoops.”

A petition is asking for the film to be boycotted — and not for appearing markedly unfunny — for being transphobic.

The petition states:

“Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals. This is the modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority.

“If the producers and screenwriters of [‘Zoolander 2’] wanted to provide social commentary on the presence of trans/androgyne individuals in the fashion industry, they could have approached models like Andreja Pejic to be in the film. By hiring a cis actor to play a non-binary individual in a clearly negative way, they [sic] film endorses harmful and dangerous perceptions of the queer community at large.”

Arabic lyrics draw insults on dating app

Smart a–.

Isis mother f—er.

Sand n—er.

These are just a few of the insults hurled at Anthony Magallanaz of Phoenix when [he] posted lyrics to one of his favorite pop songs on his Grindr profile shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Arabic lyrics translate to “I loved you in the winter.” They come from the song “Al Thaniah” by Lebanese singer Fairouz.

“At first I thought it as a joke, but one in bad taste,” 22-year-old Magallanez told Gay Star News in an interview, “so I asked for clarification and it became clear to me that he only wanted to be hateful, so that’s when I stopped taking him seriously.”

He continued: “At the same time, I tried to be lighthearted with him and show that, ‘Yeah, I’m Muslim, but am I the one being aggressive here?’”

Magallanez tried to let the comments roll off his back, but he admitted he’s growing more uneasy about the increase in Islamophobia he’s been noticing, especially after the tragedy in Paris.

“I’m scared for the Muslims in Europe as well as those here in the United States,” he said, “and most of all those in the Middle East, who are the most direct and immediate victims of groups like Da’esh and al-Qa’eda.”

— All stories from LGBTQ Nation (lgbtqnation.com), a qnotes media partner