California Wildfires Continue to Displace Families Amidst Aftermath

This November, California witnessed their biggest fire season in recent years. Over the course of three weeks, the golden state fought against three major fires that tore through the northern and southern regions.

The horrifying three weeks started on Thursday 8 November, in Northern California with the “Camp Fire”. It is considered the deadliest fire in United States’ history – with the death toll currently at 88 people.

The prolific fire started in Butte County and then made its way to the town of Paradise.

Paradise has suffered the most destruction, with a majority of it being consumed by the blaze. Over 153,336 acres were demolished.

Down in southern California, the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire also ignited on 8 November. Collectively, the fires burned through 250,285 acres of land and have caused three deaths.

Brandon Rista of Newbury Park, California, discussed the life-threatening experience he endured during the height of the Woolsey and Hill Fire.

“My family was evacuated for a night at an evacuation centre because all of the hotels in town were booked,” Rista said. “All of the freeways were blocked off, so it felt like we were trapped in our town for the night. My neighbourhood ended up being fine in the end, but there were people I knew who weren’t so lucky.”

The fires have destroyed more 20,297 buildings including residences, commercial buildings and structures.

Many citizens of Paradise, Malibu, Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas are homeless, including some of Hollywood’s most beloved household names. Miley Cyrus, Gerald Butler, and Robin Thicke are just a few of the many to have lost their homes to the out-of-control carnage.

Currently, the fires are 100% contained, but the aftermath has left an undeniable mark throughout the golden state.

Hazardous waste clean-up will be starting within these upcoming days, with Paradise, California seeing treatment first.

Along with a state-wide clean up, over 1,000 breweries across the U.S., including Sierra Nevada Brewing, have come together to brew and sell a special beer named “Resilience Butte County Proud IPA” in efforts to raise funds to assist in helping the “Camp Fire” victims and cities.

Top 10 LGBTQ+ Television Shows You Need to Watch ASAP

Not sure what to watch when you should be studying for exams? Check out this list of the top 10 binge-worthy television shows featuring LGBTQ+ characters!

1: Queer as Folk

This 2000s-era show follows five men and their adventures in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The series, based off the UK show of the same name, is memorable thanks to the characters’ gritty storylines, frank discussion of HIV and drug use, and impactful sweet moments.

2: Noah’s Arc

This two-season show follows the lives of four gay black men in Los Angeles. With its city-esqe vibes and the portrayal of black gay men, Noah’s Arc broke the mould and created a new standard in gay storytelling. The cast are all people of colour, and the issues that these characters are faced with coincide with what minority gay men go through.

3: Degrassi Next Generation/Next Class

This long-running Canadian series continually covers difficult topics like mental illness, body dysphoria, drug abuse, and sexual assault. In a high school setting, each season showcases relationships, coming out, violence inflicted on LGBTQ+ teens and more. In total, Degrassi has had over 20 LGBTQ+ characters—each with their own stories that the community can relate to.

4: Grey’s Anatomy

This medical drama is an hour full of laughter, tears and love. Grey’s does an amazing job at creating relatable characters that are multi-layered and full of emotion. The show does an amazing job at showcasing diversity within its storylines, including strong and driven LGBTQ+ men and women.

5: South of Nowhere

This amazing show is about a girl named Spencer, who moves across America to Los Angeles while coming to terms with being a lesbian. With a great supporting cast, this teen show is the perfect blend of storyline, real-world issues and character-building, allowing viewers to feel closer to the characters and themselves.

6: The L Word

This is a show that will forever be ingrained in the hearts and minds of the LGBTQ+ community. Set in L.A., it is a gritty, yet fun, drama-filled portrayal of LGBTQ+ life, and the show tackles tough topics like infidelity, transphobia, discrimination, cancer and death.

7: Looking

This sleeper hit is based around the lives of four gay men in San Francisco. Each of the main cast shows diversity amongst gay men while not feeding into stereotypes. It follows the journey of main character Patrick, along with his friends, Augie and Richie, as they go through the trials and tribulations of relationships.

8: Glee

Glee uniquely mixes show tunes, top 40 songs and drama with real-life problems. The characters are extremely funny, relatable and diverse, and represent different racial and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. Having roughly 10 LGBTQ+ characters with amazing storylines (and voices to die for), this show is a must-watch for musical lovers.

9: Sense8

From the creators of the Matrix trilogy, this boundary-pushing Netflix drama takes viewers on wild ride with a unique cast of multicultural characters. The show is beautifully filmed, and features strong LGBTQ+ representation, including interracial lesbian relationships and proud trans woman in the first season.

10: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The quirky show follows Kimberly Schmidt and her crazy adventures, and features gay, showbiz-loving black man Titus Andromedon as a lead side-character. This show gives viewers characters that are eccentric, funny and lovable, and Titus’ story grows with each season. If you’re looking for an easy watch that tackles many of today’s issues regarding race, politics and LGBTQ+ representation, definitely add this to your watch list.

Did we miss your favourite show? Let us know in the comments what we need to add to our Netflix queue!