Watch: new trailer for Netflix’s ‘Tales of the City’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has released a new trailer for its remake of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City.”

In the trailer, Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) ventures back to 28 Barnaby Lane in San Francisco where she reconnects with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross).

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Lori Lightfoot becomes first openly gay, black woman to be mayor of Chicago

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lori Lightfoot made history on Monday when she was inaugurated as mayor of Chicago making her the first openly gay, black woman to hold the title.

Lightfoot, who was joined by her wife Amy Eshleman and 11-year-old daughter Vivian, delivered her inaugural speech to a crowd at Wintrust Arena.

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Alabama Public Television won’t air gay wedding episode of ‘Arthur’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Viewers in Alabama won’t be able to witness the wedding of Mr. Ratburn and his partner Patrick on the cartoon series “Arthur.”

Alabama Public Television won’t air the episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” which is the premiere of season 22. In the episode, Arthur’s teacher Mr. Ratburn marries aardvark and local chocolate shop owner, Patrick.

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Disney releases new rainbow collection ahead of Pride month

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Disney released a new series of LGBTQ-themed items ahead of Pride month this June.

The items — collectively called the Rainbow Disney Collection — include T-shirts, hats, pins, jewelry, dolls and more featuring rainbow colors along with Disney mascot Mickey Mouse.

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Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead

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ABOVE: Muhlaysia Booker. (Image from Booker’s Facebook page)

DALLAS (AP) | A 23-year-old transgender woman seen on a widely circulated video being beaten in front of a crowd of people was found dead over the weekend in a Dallas shooting, police said.

Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down in a street early May 18 and no suspect has been identified, police Maj. Vincent Weddington said on May 19. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Reebok introduces Pride collection

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Reebok has released a limited edition “Pride Pack” in celebration of Pride Month.

The shoes feature a rainbow flag in place of the Reebok logo and rainbow stitching. T-shirts and socks are also available. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Fenway Health, a medical clinic whose mission is “to enhance the well being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy,” through June 30.

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VIDEO: Pete Buttigieg goes on Fox News for a town hall

By : Troy Masters OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“More people have shown up for this town hall than any of our previous ones,” says Fox News Host Chris Wallace as contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes the stage in Claremont, New Hampshire. The town hall ends with a standing ovation, also unprecedented.

Buttigieg excoriated some of the network’s hosts, echoing an email he sent to supporters earlier in the day to explain his appearance on a network other Democratic candidates have vowed they would not engage.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘7-N-7 (An Old-Fashioned Musical Reimagined)’

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“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is a classic movie musical from the 1950s about seven brothers who all want a wife, it’s right there in the title. Modern cinephiles have called the musical an “outdated” and “misogynistic” film that “hasn’t aged well.” That is a bit of an understatement as the story involves kidnapping the would-be wives, taking them to their cabin in the mountains and causing an avalanche so that the women will be stuck with them until spring. How romantic.

Luckily, producer and director John Henderson — along with Bryan Jager, Cody Troesch, Lidnsey D. Smith and a local team of talented performers — decided to update the story with the new original musical “7-N-7 (An Old-Fashioned Musical Reimagined).”

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘Hombre’

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Ana Cuellar, the artistic director behind 2018’s Patron’s Pick (Pink) “Luna,” returns to Fringe with “Hombre.”

“Hombre,” with the use of modern dance, ballet and acrobatics, tells the story of love and how it can save humanity. Cuellar shows how love is seductive, intense, unrequited and even something we mourn as portrayed in the number dedicated to the victims of the Pulse tragedy.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘The Complete History of Drag in a Few Mo-mo’

By : Danny Garcia
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LGBTQ history in the world isn’t told in mainstream media very often. There isn’t, at least widespread, a push in textbooks and history class to educate on the accomplishments of LGBTQ people. Many of the stories and events that shaped the community live on by being passed from one generation to another in the form of stories, jokes and backstage quips by our drag queens. David LeBarron captures this perfectly in his show “The Complete History of Drag in a Few Mo-mo.”

LeBarron jumps from narrator at the beginning of the show to Auntie, an experienced drag queen who’s time on this earth is limited.  In their dressing room of her local gay bar, Auntie guides the new girl — a neophyte drag queen — through queer history.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘A Showgirls Musical’

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The team behind Fringe hits “ThanksKilling the Musical” and “S#IT!” are back to tackle one of cinema’s most over-the-top, so-bad-it’s-good cult classic films to come out of the 90’s — Paul Verhoeven’s “Showgirls.”

“A Showgirls Musical” follows the basic — we’ll say plot? — of the original film. Aspiring star Nomi (Played by Jillian Gizzi) hitchhikes her way into Sin City to make it big. She starts off as a stripper at the Cheetah and “works” her way to top headliner in what’s supposed to be one of Vegas’ premier shows.

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Paul Rudd portrays ‘boring gay man’ Pete Buttigieg on ‘SNL’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Paul Rudd parodied 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.”

The skit had Buttigieg (Rudd) appear as a guest on “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg (Leslie Jones), Megan McCain (Aidy Byrant), Joy Behar (Kate McKinnon), Abby Huntsman (Cecily Strong) and Ana Navarro (Melissa Villasenor) welcome Buttigieg who they immediately don’t take seriously.

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